At the age of 29, Hendricks recently earned his first national contract after making his Test debut against England at the Wanderers earlier this year.
That competition at the five-day level was a real eye-opener for the Capetonian leftie.
He explains: “Making my Test debut against England was pretty special.
“At that level you are not allowed to drop intensity at any moment in the game - you are up against an opponent for five days without them giving you any opportunities.”
Hendricks says he realised that he had to level up quite early in the match after conceding 111 runs in 23 overs, bagging the wicket of Dom Sibley in the process, in the first innings.
He bounced back in the best possible way, claiming a five-for and ending with bowling figures of 5/64 in the second innings to impress coach Mark Boucher.
Of his turnaround in his only Test to date, Hendricks says: “I managed my learnings quite well.
“I was put under pressure and on the back foot [in the first innings] and felt I kicked it up a notch in the second innings.
“I do feel that I understand the level of Test cricket [now] and feel that going forward, that is a level I will perform at.”
Of earning his first CSA contract, he adds: “My first contract was a proud and special moment. “It shows that hard work does pay off and settles a lot of nerves.
“It makes me feel part of the team and now I can focus on what I need to do to help us remain one of the best teams in the world.”