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World Cup winner Kieswetter just trying to stay normal

London: A round of golf and a coffee shop meet-up with friends is about as normal as Craig Kieswetter`s life gets now he is a World Cup winner.

Kieswetter, 22, who should play against Scotland on Saturday and Australia in the upcoming 50-over series, arrived in England from his native South Africa four years ago after becoming disillusioned with the country`s racial quota system.

His career has been in fast forward ever since, from the winning a county contract with Somerset to scoring a century in his third one-day international in Bangladesh, to his man of the match award for scoring 63 off 49 balls in England`s World Twenty20 final win over Australia last month.

"I guess it happens occasionally when I get recognised though I would never look at myself as a star," Kieswetter said.

"I have just been fortunate to be in the right place at the right time and be part of a successful England team. Cricket is what I wanted to do before I could even walk -- I never wanted to be sitting in a classroom looking at books, I always wanted to be on the sports field.”

"So to be able to play international cricket for England is a massive honour, and if that means I get recognised more, so be it."

But success rarely comes without sacrifices as is proving the case with Kieswetter, who has dual nationality through a South African father and a Scottish mother.

He is keen to uphold an enjoyable youth by maintaining a social life away from cricket, though with his international career taking off so emphatically, his golf clubs are near redundant.

"I like to play golf (off a handicap of seven) but I don`t get to play often enough," said Kieswetter. "Sometimes on away trips I will take my clubs."

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