|Style||Right arm fast|
|D. O. B.||29 December, 1989|
Dala does the dirty work in the Titans attack, being used to take wickets in the limited-overs formats and to ruffle up batsmen in four-day cricket. A supreme athlete (he is also brilliant in the outfield), he has the engine to bowl at high pace for long periods. His unselfish efforts were recognised when he won the Fans’ Player of the Season award for 2018/19.
Born in Zambia in December 1989, Dala studied at the University of Johannesburg and played a couple of matches for the Highveld Lions before joining the Titans in 2014. Appreciation for the great job he does for the franchise in white-ball cricket came from the national selectors in 2018 when he made his T20 debut against India. Seven wickets in three games earned him an IPL contract with the Delhi Daredevils and a place in the Proteas squad for the ODI series in Sri Lanka.
While he has not played any more ODIs since those two against Sri Lanka in August 2018, Dala has continued to shine for the Proteas in T20 Internationals with 13 wickets in nine matches.
A heavy workload caught up with him in December 2018 though, and injury meant he only returned to action for the Titans in the Momentum One-Day Cup. But he immediately made a massive impact in the march to the title, taking the most wickets (27 in 11 matches) and destroying the Cape Cobras with six for 19 in the semi-final, unsurprisingly winning the franchise’s player of the tournament award. He also produced an extraordinary effort with the bat to win the game against the Warriors in Benoni, scoring 37 not out off just 14 balls as the Titans won by two wickets.
He was also excellent in the CSA T20 Challenge, once again being the Titans’ leading wicket-taker with 11 scalps in eight games.