OPPORTUNITY: Rilee Rossouw. CREDIT: Sourced
Die een se dood is die ander se brood.

And the Proteas’ Rilee Rossouw will be looking to vriet himself dik in Guyana on Friday when the Tri-Series between South Africa, Australia and West Indies kicks off.

It will be South Africa and the Windies that will start the ODI tournament (at 7pm), but the visitors will have to do so without the experienced Faf du Plessis after he suffered a finger injury while on duty in the Indian Premier League.

And former Proteas batsman Boeta Dippenaar believes this will pave the way for Rossouw to really show what he is made of.

From a young age Rossouw, 26, has been touted for an extensive and prosperous international career.

At 20, he tore up the South African first-class record books with a triple century in a single day - finishing with 319, six runs short of Barry Richards’ 325 on the all-time honours board.

Rossouw certainly knew how to make people sit up and take notice.

And one person that has been watching from up close for a very long time is Dippenaar.

But for all Rossouw’s potential he has yet to nail down a permanent spot in either limited-overs format.

And Dippenaar says: “I think with every young batsman the ability to adapt to conditions and match situations is of paramount importance.

“We are all frustrated in the way Rilee sometimes approaches situations and there’s no doubt that’s one of the biggest challenges he faces in his career.

“But through experience he will learn to adapt to the situation and structure his game accordingly. He’s just too good a player not to learn those lessons.”

He adds: “Sometimes you just need that break - pardon the pun - to get yourself going. Rilee was playing well up until his injury last season and now Faf’s broken finger will give him a chance again.

“History, especially with this team, shows us that an injury often opens the way for someone to come in and make a really big statement.”