At age 19, all-rounder, Sherfane Rutherford, is quickly rising amongst the ranks.
His rapid progression has seen him making his first-class and list ‘A’ debuts in seasons apart and he was just named in the Guyana Amazon Warriors 18 – man squad for the 2018 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Asked by Stabroek Sport to comment on his recent selection, Rutherford indicated that while he is animated about his selection, he is aware of added incentives to further develop his game through interactions with some of the international players.
“I’m very excited about it. It was an opportunity I was looking forward to and I’m happy that I have it now,” the Demerara Cricket Club player told Stabroek Sport.
“It’s even better because you know you learn a lot from the senior guys and they’ve been around and it’s important to learn as much as I can in that period of time,” Rutherford added.
His presence will certainly aid the Warriors’ in their title hunt.
He is considered a three-dimensional player with the ability to bat anywhere in the batting order. His bowling is also an asset and is quite economical while his fielding will add energy to the Warriors’ outfit.
Quizzed about his likely role, he disclosed: “Most likely my role will be to act as a natural all-rounder to finish the innings so I’ll just look to help my team when that time comes around, whether it’s with bat or ball.”
While the hype is about the `Biggest party in Sport’ – the CPL – and the other bright light T/20 tournaments around the globe, Rutherford disclosed that he is focused on tailoring his all-round game to suit any version of the game.
“It’s something that I’ve been working on, to play all three formats and not just focus on T20 and 50-overs because four – day is the same cricket and you have to apply a bit more patience.”
While first class and list ‘A’ cricket look like a natural habitat for the youngster, he said that his success is only a reflection of his hard work.
He is highly regarded, if not in the Region, at home here in Guyana. He has done all the little things right to capture the attention of the selectors and will only enhance his reputation with an impressive outing in this year’s CPL.