South Africa Pacer names Umran Malik as future ‘key player’ for India | Cricket News


Umran Malik will surely play for India but to survive the rigors of international cricket, raw pace alone would not be enough and the youngster will need to complement his skills with quality execution, star South African point guard Anrich Nortje said on Friday. Nortje, one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket and who has made a return to this IPL after a four-month layoff with a hip injury, spoke about the struggles of his comeback and his the absence of his new ball partner, Kagiso Rabada. .

Asked about his assessment of India’s new pace sensation, which regularly hits over 90 miles per hour, Nortje sounded cautiously optimistic.

“I am sure that Umran will be one of the key players for India in the near future. Luck will also have to play its part. But the most important thing is the quality of what you deliver because we have given the fastest deliveries that are underway.” awarded aim for the limits,” Nortje told PTI in an interview.

“It doesn’t matter how fast it is thrown. Pace is not the key.

“It’s all about the quality of execution. And I think he’s improving on that aspect of pace control. Also at Sunrisers Hyderabad, under Dale (Steyn, speed bowling coach), Umran is between de good hands. He has a lot of senior and experienced players around him, so he will definitely improve,” said speed trader Proteas.

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Back after a long break

The current season has not been the best for Nortje as he has only been picked in four of Delhi Capitals’ 12 games, winning six wickets.

“It’s been a long break but it’s good to be on the pitch with the team and it was long at home. I needed a break at the start (of my injury) but I been very long at the end without knowing what is going on.

“It’s really good to start again and obviously to try and play at the level I was playing at,” said the 28-year-old.

When can I play at full throttle? I still do not know

For fast bowlers with hip injuries and stress fractures, building up pace is an important aspect, and Nortje is still unsure how long it will take for him to peak again, as the season 2019-20.

“If I had known the answer, I would have told you,” he laughed.

“I’m trying to figure it out too. There’s obviously a balance between how much we can play at this stage and so you can’t really play 20-30 overs in a week.”

He talked about his efforts to build muscle memory.

“I’m just trying to strike a balance. The number of overs played will play a huge role later on, but for now just try to focus on the little things – like trying to remember what I was just doing. before I got hurt in November. So trying to find that feeling, but it might take a while just to get it all under control,” Nortje said.

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For now, Nortje isn’t trying to hit 95mph again, instead focusing on higher quality deliveries and then gradually building up the pace.

“The basics are also about execution and the type of delivery quality, and the recent focus is trying to improve that quality.”

Not having been selected to play XI for almost a month

Nortje first played this season on April 7, but after a dreadful start, where he went for 35 in 2.2 overs against Lucknow Super Giants, Nortje next played on May 5, and since then he has featured three games.

“It’s quite difficult. It’s also if you know where you left off and what the team owners, the coaching staff expect from you, it’s in a way that you have to improve. I also thanks to the support staff for helping me get things back on track.”

“In that first game against LSG, I had no rhythm, then the adrenaline went up and it was a little problem (niggle). The next game I played (after a month), I had some rhythm and my run-up was back.

“There were subtle changes and it was about building on that. That game was a revelation (against LSG). One or two things could have gone differently and it would have been different.”

It was good to have KG by my side, but I also enjoy new challenges

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Rabada and Nortje were the IPL’s deadliest new pair of balls for two seasons before his teammate was picked up by the Punjab Kings at this year’s auction.

“It’s always been good to play with KG and have him by my side on the pitch. But it’s also nice to have a different challenge, a new challenge for the next three years.

“I enjoyed my time with him and it will be nice to see him again. He obviously did great things for the team, but it’s a great team composition that we have now.

“It brings a different challenge and I appreciate that.”

The white ball sometimes does little, so slow bouncers, wide yorkers in vogue

The advent of the T20 with placid pitches has definitely affected swing bowlers and is one of the reasons many wide yorkers and slow bouncers are used in the shorter format.


“It’s always difficult with the white ball because it doesn’t always swing and the conditions don’t favor the swing. On good hitting lanes it becomes even more difficult for swing bowlers, who in terms of speed are probably a notch below the faster guys.

“That’s where the changes come in. You need a lot of practice to perfect slow bouncers or wide yorkers. Even fast bowlers, who a few years ago believed in constantly hitting lengths difficult, also use the variations”, he concluded.

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