De Bruyn has point to prove

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - SPORT - Heinz Schenk

Play­ers hardly every ad­mit that they have a score to set­tle against a for­mer team and in many in­stances the de­par­ture was friendly.

Yet when the Knights and Titans meet in Bloem­fontein tonight for a do­mes­tic T20 chal­lenge clash, it’s dif­fi­cult not to feel The­u­nis de Bruyn (above) has a point to prove.

The stylish 25-year-old bats­man’s move to the cen­tral fran­chise last sea­son re­ceived a fair amount of at­ten­tion, specif­i­cally be­cause he was ini­tially con­sid­ered a big part of the Titans’ fu­ture.

How­ever, the Cen­tu­rion-based fran­chise’s mas­sive depth and Cricket South Africa’s trans­for­ma­tion re­quire­ments meant his place was un­cer­tain.

Af­ter be­ing ini­tially loaned out, De Bruyn is now Knights skip­per and made his in­ter­na­tional de­but last sea­son.

The right-han­der has a patchy T20 record against his for­mer team as last sea­son’s 47 off 34 balls in Kim­ber­ley has been in­ter­spersed with scores of five and three. So he’s yet to re­mind the Titans what they’re miss­ing.

It won’t be De Bruyn’s fo­cus though.

He will not only come up against two es­tab­lished Protea mid­dle or­der bats­men in AB de Vil­liers and Farhaan Be­har­dien but also Ai­den Markram.

In fact, the bat­tle with Markram – who didn’t even bat against the Lions last Sun­day – could be fun be­cause it’s thought those two would be com­pet­ing for a spot in the na­tional side.

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