Rilee Rossouw, the former South African batsman, said he has no regrets about quitting his international career by abandoning South Africa and accepting a Koplak deal, adding that he was looking ahead to a bright future.
The 27-year-old left-hander quit South Africa to join Hampshire on a Koplak deal in England, having played 36 One-Day Internationals and 15 Twenty20 Internationals. He was one of the three high profile cricketers to have taken a Kolpak deal, the other two being Kyle Abbott and David Wiese.
Asked if he enjoying life after ending his international career with South Africa, Rossouw said: “Yes, definitely no regrets, and I am looking forward to a bright future and what is in store for me,” said Rossouw after his another match-winning performance in the Pakistan Super League on Saturday (February 11).
Rossouw hit a robust 53-ball 76 not out to guide Quetta Gladiators to a seven-wicket win over Karachi Kings. He had scored 60 in the team’s first win over Lahore on Friday.
He said he was enjoying the atmosphere in the Quetta dressing room with Viv Richards, the former West Indian, as mentor and Moin Khan, the former Pakistan captain, as coach.
“Since day one, everyone is very positive and the two wins have put us in the right direction,” said Rossouw. “Moin has helped me on what conditions to expect, and it’s a good team environment and that has helped me perform.”
Rossouw said he was focusing on every ball in both the innings. “I played ball to ball and I didn’t put too much pressure on myself,” he said. “I believe if I prepare well and my execution is good on the day then I can perform. I don’t put too much pressure on myself.”
Rossouw was also upbeat about the future of PSL. “It’s unbelievable,” he gushed. “It’s a great tournament [with] good vibes and one of the best tournaments I have been involved in. I am looking forward to its future.”