Rubin Hermann is hoping to add his name the list of successful left-handed wicketkeeper-batsmen in South African cricket.
“I’m a Pretoria born and bred boytjie,” the 23-year-old said. “I have played all my cricket in and around Pretoria. I was fortunate to go to Waterkloof and be a part of the teams and set up there when the cricket started to excel. I had the opportunity to play a lot of national tournaments there, including two T20 Schools Challenges,” he recalls fondly.
After his high school career, Hermann received a bursary to attend the University of Pretoria (Tuks).
”I can’t speak highly enough about the exposure I got as a young player at Tuks and the setup there really allows you to take your game to new heights. It teaches you a lot about yourself and your game develops immensely with the quality of the tournaments and coaching that’s available.
The Tuks production line is a renowned one, and Hermann soon graduated to the Northerns first-class set-up. His weight of runs and athletic keeping had long caught the eye of the selectors and made his debut in 2017.
A century on debut confirmed his talent, but also his temperament. Hermann signed the first-class contract in 2018 and now has gone one step further, with his 2020/21 franchise contract reward for the Titans.
“The people I met at Northerns and shared the field with is my favourite memory because they really help me grow a lot as a person and as a player, I don’t think I would be the player that I am now without the people I had around me at Northerns.”
Now as he joins the Titans, Hermann is realistic about his expectations.
“It’s really a childhood dream come true because I grew up watching the Titans and aspired to play there one day,” he admitted.
“To finally be at the start of the Titans journey is really exciting. Hopefully, I can make an impact, learn more about myself as a cricketer and grow as a person.”
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