R.G. Mgijima biographies
Captain: Season 41-Present
2nd XI Captain: Season 30-32
- FC: Season 36-Present, 73 matches, 5,397 runs @ 45.7, 46 catches
- OD: Season 36-Present, 74 matches, 2,823 runs @ 44.1, 23 catches
- 2nd XI: Season 29-Present, 90 matches, 2,515 runs @ 44.9, 20 catches
- 1 x CC Oceania 50 Over: Season 37
- 1 x FC Most Runs: Season 38
- 2 x OD Best and Fairest: Season 37-38
- 3 x OD Most Runs: Season 37-38, 40
Mgijima is a classic rags-to-riches story. Overlooked in his draft (he wound up a founding member of obscure South African club Tupper CC), picked up by the Eagles on little more than a hunch, his place in the squad seemingly always under threat through his 2nd XI days, Mgijima fought his way through on the only currency that matters for a batsman: runs. That currency has thus paid dividends in his senior career, throughout which he has consistently averaged in the mid-forties, and has not missed a game since his debut season. Mgijima was appointed captain of the club in season 41, following J.C. Bulbulia's departure, and his universally beloved status among players, coaches and fans has only grown with the appointment.
Mgijima is an unorthodox left-handed batsman, hunched over at the crease, but nonetheless bowlers looking for a way to exploit his idiosyncrasies have searched in vain. He is also an accomplished fielder and bowls speculative right-arm offies. As ugly as he looked in his 2nd XI days, an average of 51 in his first three seasons carried him through a later form slump. Nonetheless, it was a surprise when he made his debut in season 36. After making just 8 in his first match, a century and a fifty apiece in his second and third games - the latter on a spicy wicket against ODD DOWN DAREDEVILS - secured his hold on a place in the senior lineup: one that he has not relented since.
The key to Mgijima's success is his consistency: since his debut season, he has scored at least 900 runs and averaged at least 40 in every season, twice breaking the 1,000-run barrier and topping the club's runscoring with 1,105 in season 38. Mgijima celebrated his appointment as captain with 271 against the Billy Goats, although thereafter he suffered a relative dip in form, crossing fifty only three more times for the season. He will look to rebound in season 42 as he seeks to become the Eagles' fourth championship captain.