A good father


Herman Van Werkhoven. He and I have been friends for about 5 years now since he came to U.S. from South Africa, during which time we played together on the university club team. He moved away for a couple of years to Arizona and now he is back. We just spent the evening talking Cricket over a few beers and my possible plans of visiting South Africa in December when India will be playing South Africa in a test series. Herman was explaining to my wife why South Africa, although a very talented team, has not won anything meaningful in Cricket and whatever the fuck has happened to J. P. Duminy! (Herman even used the “C word” – Choke.)

It looks like the only test match I would be able to watch if I were to be able to go to South Africa would be the 2nd test match of the series at Durban. This led to us talking about Andrew Hudson top scoring for South Africa in the opening test match of the 1996/97 series in Durban and India getting obliterated by Allan Donald. It was also the test match during which I fell out of a bus in Chennai and my head hit the curb and I passed out with a concussion. Some Good Samaritan put me in a taxi and took me to my sister’s house. As I was coming around, I wanted to make sure I had not lost much time and I asked this stranger whether it was still the first day of the Durban test match. He gave me the look as If I was speaking Greek and I came to know much later from my sister that this guy had told her that I had gone completely mental.

Days old Noah with a cricket bat autographed by Fanie De Villiers

Anyway, coming back to Herman — When he was away, he and his wife had a baby boy, Noah, who now is 20 months old. As any sane Cricket fan would do, Herman put an autographed cricket bat in the hands of Noah few days after he was born. Herman always said, “I know the kids growing up in the U.S. have a lot of choices when it comes to sports. I just want to make sure my son makes the right choice”. Good man. Oh by the way, the cricket bat – signed by none other than the great South African bowler, Fanie De Villiers.  (We spent another few minutes raving about that spell of Fanie like some school girls talking about Robert Pattinson!).

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10 responses to “A good father

  1. Yeah. Met Herman the other day. And Noah. We should invite him to play cricket, wherever we decide to play. I remember seeing him in spring 2007 tournament Last time.

    Perhaps he can get us some south African cricketers to compete against.

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  3. Congratulations to Herman and his wife – he was the Alan Donald of the PSCC 🙂 It was nice to have another token around too.

  4. Thank you for the kind words friend! Although I do not like the offensive language used in the same page as a photo of my innocent baby boy, I guess he is destined to meet the famous blog writer at some point in the near future. If he wants to learn all the ins-and-outs of cricket from said blog writer, he probably will need get used to some not-so-proper-cricket terminology. PS: I am already preparing our backyard pitch for your visit – it going to be a turner – :-)!

    • @Herman — hoe gaan dit met jou? (did i get that right?). Well, Noah, as innocent as he may seem in that pitcure, we all know he is not. I mean, he is the whitest African-American and you want me to believe he is innocent. No way Jose!

      Well, I suck at playing spin (not that I am good at playing pace). We’ll see.

  5. Oh, if you wondered, by offensive lanaguage I did not mean the C-word (choke) which is wildly regarded as offensive in South African cricket circles (and should be banned from public broadcasting stations – INTERNATIONALLY). This C-word I am less prone to use than other ‘bad’ words as it brings about severe panic attacks due to flashbacks of many semi-finals of many cricket tournaments played in various lcations around the world.

  6. As always your Afrikaans is impeccable!

  7. Bedankt voor het schrijven van zo’n goede post. Taxi verhuur is inderdaad groeit goed schaal en internet is een goed medium om hetzelfde te vinden. Ik ben blij om je blog te vinden en heeft geabonneerd.

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