A DIFFERENT BATTLE by Telford Vice • Published on ShareTweet I think I overdo [the adherence to precautions] but I’d rather be like that: Abdulla © Getty Yusuf Abdulla’s adversaries used to be 22 yards away, and they couldn’t do him any more damage than hit fours or sixes. All it took to defeat them was a catch, a straight enough ball thudding into the pads, or a delivery that evaded everything except the stumps. Now his attention is fixed no further than his nearest fellow human. He cannot see his enemy, which hits so hard it could kill him. Abdulla was a bustling left-arm fast bowler for KwaZulu-Natal, KwaZulu-Natal Inland, the Dolphins and, fleetingly, South Africa and Kings XI Punjab, who rejoiced in the nickname of “The Heater”. He played his last match in December 2016 and now coaches KZN Inland, one of the Dolphins’ feeder teams. Sounds safe enough, but that’s not all Abdulla does for a living. Or will do again once cricket returns. His wife, Aaliya, is a pharmacist. The couple own two chemist shops in Durban and a third is in the works. That puts them on the frontline in the fight against the Coronavirus… Read full this story
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