R.G. Mgijima biographies
Captain: Season 41-43
2nd XI Captain: Season 30-32
- FC: Season 36-Present, 101 matches, 7,151 runs @ 43.3, 75 catches
- OD: Season 36-Present, 94 matches, 3,504 runs @ 43.3, 33 catches
- 2nd XI: Season 29-Present, 90 matches, 2,515 runs @ 44.9, 20 catches
- 2 x CC Oceania 50 Over: Season 37, 42
- 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's journey culminated with his appointment as captain of the club following J.C. Bulbulia's departure, a universally popular move.
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. From season 37 to 42, Mgijima scored at least 900 runs and averaged at least 40 in every season, thrice 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 a career-high 271 against the Billy Goats, the high point in his career to date.
Season 43 saw Mgijima's first real form slump; he scored just 666 runs at 31.7 and failed to make a century. Despite having led the team to successive second-placed finishes, Mgijima was relieved of the captaincy ahead of season 44 in the hope that he would rediscover his best batting form without the added responsibility.