Moonsamy played in all 10 of the Titans’ 50-over round-robin games and showed his promise with a solid 362 runs, with a century and two fifties, putting him tied-10th in the leading run-scorers list with veteran Dane Vilas of the HollywoodBets Dolphins.
The confidence gained from having already held his own in senior franchise cricket will be further strengthened by the fact that he has already scored four first-class centuries for Northerns in the three-day competition.
“I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to play in the four-day competition for a long time and when I finally get in I hope I can make it count, like I did in the Momentum One-Day Cup, where one of my goals was to be in the top-10 run-scorers.
“That was a start for me and I have good confidence going into the Sunfoil Series because I have done well for Northerns as well. I think I’ve grown a lot as a player in my attitude, I used to just go out and play shots, but I took responsibility and now I’m a senior player in the Northerns set-up and try to lead by example. That has been a big factor in my growth and I try to give 110% even if I don’t score any runs,” Moonsamy said.
Although he is slightly-built, Moonsamy certainly hits the ball hard and with great timing, but it’s his defensive abilities that will be mostly in the spotlight against the Cobras.
It’s a challenge the Laudium-born batsman is relishing.
“I’ve set myself the goal of also finishing in the top-10 of the four-day run-scorers chart, so hopefully I play the next five games for the Titans. It’s most important though that I just contribute. Of course, if I do score runs then it’s difficult for the coach to drop me,” Moonsamy said.
Although his family initially favoured football as their prime sporting interest, Rivaldo’s older brother Ricardo, 10 years his senior, became a massive fan of cricket. Rivaldo used to tag along when his sibling went to practice, thus exposing his tremendous talent for the game.
From Hillside Primary, wicketkeeper/batsman Moonsamy was selected for the Northerns U13 team and was awarded a bursary to St Alban’s College in Pretoria in 2010. Over the next few years he represented the Northerns U15, U17 and U19 teams, making the SA Schools Colts team in 2013.
He went over to Bangladesh in 2015 with the SA U19 team and returned there the following year for the Junior World Cup.
With over a thousand runs already under his belt for Northerns in first-class cricket, and more than 500 in white-ball games for the Titans, the baton is ready to be handed over to Moonsamy as one of the exciting new generation of batsmen coming through at SuperSport Park.