Playing as a cohesive, committed family and inspiring each player to perform at the peak of his considerable power to propel the Buildnat Cape Cobras back to the top, is part of his mission for the rest of the season, said Dane Piedt, newly appointed interim skipper of the Cobras.
A captain’s armband is not a completely novel concept to Piedt.
The 26-year old player was a former leader of the first team of SACS in his final two years at school.
He was the skipper for Western Province on the odd occasion.
“I have also been experienced captains and have learned much from them,” said Piedt, who has captured 265 wickets in 75 first-class games.
Piedt said it is important to understand different personalities and what drives them or motivates them. That awareness is vital if you want to get the best out of each player.
His ultimate goal is to inspire each player to his best and to get the Cobras to perform as a cohesive unit.
“When we performed as one family, we have been so successful in the past against teams,” he said.
“It is difficult to assess what happened at the start of the season. We did not hit the ground running. We did not have a blueprint of what we want to achieve.
“I hope I will bring a new energy to the team. It is not about playing for personal goals, but performing as a team,” Piedt said.
“Our focus would not be on the next game, but on the next session. I will demand certain things from players in certain phases of the game. Maybe it is just about Stiaan van Zyl and Andrew Puttick defending well in a crucial period of 10 overs when the ball is reverse-swinging,” he said.
Piedt has identified an open door policy and honesty as key ingredients of his captaincy. He would be open with the players, he said.
The off-spinner is known for his positive mind-set and attacking nature.
Even when a career-threatening shoulder injury had him on the sidelines, the self-belief is evident that he could return to the summit again.
He achieved that goal and successfully represented South Africa in 2015 and 2016 again.
Piedt has a different challenge right now, and that is to power the Buildnat Cape Cobras back to the top.
If his dogged determination to overcome that shoulder injury is a sign of what is to come, Cobras fans can expect a committed effort by the Cobras when the first Sunfoil Series clash of 2017 starts at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn on 5th January against the bizhub Highveld Lions.