In fact, the past three years, he was picked three time for the WSB Cape Cobras and struck a belligerent 97 for the Cobras against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins. That underlined the widely held belief that he possesses the talent to dominate franchise teams.
Bred from a cricketing family, his father, John, played first-class cricket, while his cousin, Rory, represented South Africa.
He does not shy away from the reasons why he has not made quicker progress from semi-professional status to the professional squad of the Cobras.
“I do not score enough centuries. The lack of hundreds has hindered me.
“There is nothing wrong with my technique. If I make four hundreds this season, it will put way more pressure on the selectors,” he said.
The statistics don’t tell lies because he averages 34.15 in 79 matches, having struck seven centuries while cracking 24 fifties.
Kleinveldt score 444 first-class runs for Western Province last season. His only ton, an unbeaten 111, came against the eventual champions, Northerns, an indication that Kleinveldt can mix it with the best.
The 28-year-old opener worked meticulously on his technique against the new ball while playing for Wolverhampton this year. He focused particularly on leaving the ball well and playing it late – the characteristics needed to succeed in South Africa.
“I think we have a lot of youngsters playing for Western Province. There will be a lot of mistakes, but also fresh talent. We are breeding a new generation but consistency will be required.
“We have an experienced coach in Salieg Nackerdien. He has done it before,” said Kleinveldt.
Kleinveldt will marry Scholtz in December. He says she is a great motivator although she does not watch that much cricket, she is one of his greatest supporters.
If Kleinveldt can negotiate his way astutely through the peak hour fast traffic and overcome the opening burst of the new bowlers, he is able to score the centuries needed to throw his hat into the so-called franchise ring.
His first assignment is opening the Western Province batting in the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup series against Border at Buffalo Park from Thursday 26th October.
The talented all-rounder and attacking opener knows what to do, convert 30’s and 40’s into tons. If he can overcome that trend, he will be closer to a franchise contract in March 2018.
Western Province squad: Matthew Kleinveldt, Derek Mitchell, Neo Mlumbi, Qaasim Adams (Captain), Dayyaan Galiem, Carlos Koyana, Taariq Chiecktey (wk), GF Linde, Mpilo Njoloza, Renaldo Meyer, Tshepo Moreki, Junaid Dawood, Michael Loubser
Coach: Salieg Nackerdien
Fitness Coach: Dieter Swanepoel