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Taliep: Recharging and eyeing revenge

Taliep: Recharging and targeting revenge

Proteas Veterans allrounder Goolam Taliep admits the two weeks of almost non-stop cricket during the Over-50s World Cup took its toll mentally and physically, but he is already targeting a return in 2024.

South Africa played eight matches in 14 days en route to the final, where they lost to a Giles Ecclestone-inspired England at the final.

Like many of his teammates, Taliep battled with injuries during the hectic schedule, and he says recovering from that is the priority now before he laces his bowling boots again.

“It’s back to the real world after two brilliant weeks of cricket,” he says. “But the cricket was just a small part of what was an amazing experience. The camaraderie, meeting so many new people, making friends, playing in the final at Newlands … even though we lost, we can hold our heads high. The lekker breakfast banter with other teams was also a highlight.

“I will definitely miss my 'roomie' Saleem [Mukuddem]. We’ve come a long way since our first tour together in 1989. He is someone that always tries to bring out the best in everyone.”

Taliep says he will definitely be targeting another stint with the Proteas Veterans and hopefully right the wrongs of March 20 at Newlands.

“The last two weeks were very tiring, physically and emotionally, so I am taking a break and letting my injuries heal. I will start training in July/August and be fit for the new season - as long as my body can cope I will continue playing. The thought of possibly playing in another World Cup and exacting some revenge on the English is exciting!”

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