Kyle Jarvis gets picked for Zim International Cricket Team
By Anton Roux
Posted on 16 October 2009
Two seasons ago a young hot blooded Zimbabwean, by the name of Kyle Jarvis, enrolled to study BSC Sport Science at the University of Pretoria and subsequently joined TuksCricket Club to further his cricket.
The Head Coach at the time, Grant Morgan, immediately spotted some talent in young Jarvis, and so he was immediately implemented in the future plans of the club. During the end of 2008 Kyle was unfortunately out of action due to an injury and thus decided to join the TuksCricket Academy for the year 2009 to get his cricket back on track.
Under the auspices of Rob Walter and Academy Head Coach Anton Roux, Kyle found the foundation to further his cricket in possibly playing the game professionally. The first port of call was turning the speedster into a class athlete that could bowl consistently high speeds and for prolonged periods of time. Once this was achieved the rest as they say is history.
Kyle always had a beautiful action that only required a few tweaks here and there, but one thing was always certain from the start, this man was made to bowl fast. His father, Malcolm Jarvis, is an ex-Zimbabwean Test cricketer and in fact was part of the team that took part in the first ever Test for Zimbabwe vs India in 1992-93. Unlike his son, Malcolm never had the pace that Kyle has but clearly cricket was instilled into Kyle from an early age and seems to run deep in his veins. Having started his cricket journey at St. John College in Harare, Kyle was a regular feature in the 1st XI for 4 years and was nominated as bowler of the year two years running. Kyle was also a Zim Representative in rugby, having played eighth man in the Craven Week.
In the 2008 u/19 World Cup in Malaysia, Kyle was the chief destroyer for them grabbing 12 scalps with the best of 3/28 against Pakistan u/19. It was after this tournament that Kyle came to Pretoria and joined Tuks. He almost immediately found success when he was part of the history breaking Tuks team that won their 3rd consecutive Varsity title in Stellenbosch. His death bowling was something to behold in the final and since then has been an integral part of the Tuks 1st Team. In his Academy year in 2009, Kyle had the opportunity in playing against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and returned impressive figures of 3/18 in 4 over’s. In a warm up game against Scotland, he made a name for himself by destroying their batting line-up in the death by claiming 4/43. The man was going places, and like his bowling he seemed to be going places at the rate of knots.
On the 7th of October 2009, Kyle made his first class debut for a Zimbabwean XI vs Kenya at the Kwekwe Sports Club which formed part of the ICC Intercontinental Cup. They went on to win that match and Kyle picked up his first wicket in the second innings when removed Thomas Odoyo for 23. Since then Kyle went on to make his ODI debut for Zimbabwe also against Kenya and returned with impressive figures of 3/36 spear heading the attack against an experienced Kenyan outfit. In the 3rd ODI Kyle went on to pick up another 2 wickets, and seems to be settling in well with his new teammates and surroundings. Currently Zimbabwe leads the 5 match series 2-0.
Having spoken to Kyle before he left, he told me that his goal was to cement his place in the side first and then hopefully represent Zimbabwe in the T20 World Cup next year in West Indies, and then further down the line, the 2011 World Cup in India. That would be an incredible story as it is amazing to think that just a few months ago Kyle was honing his skills at the hpc (High performance Centre) in Pretoria as a young 20 year old Academy student.