South African pacer picks Umran Malik as future “key player” for India

South Africa’s star pacer Enrique Nortje on Friday said that Umran Malik will definitely play for India but to survive the rigors of international cricket, raw pace will not be enough and the youngster needs to hone his skills with quality execution. will need to be supplemented. Nortje, one of world cricket’s fastest bowlers and returning to this IPL after a four-month hiatus due to a hip injury, spoke about the difficulties associated with his return and missing his new ball partner Kagiso Rabada. ,

Asked about his assessment of India’s new speed sensation, which is regularly hitting speeds upwards of 90 mph, Nortje sounded cautiously optimistic.

“I am sure that Umran is going to be one of the key players for India in the near future. Luck will also have to play its part. But most importantly, it is about the quality you deliver because We have seen the fastest deliveries going for respected boundaries,” Nortje told PTI in an interview.

“It doesn’t matter what pace he is bowling at. Pace is not the be-all-and-all.

“It’s about the quality of execution. And I believe he is improving that aspect of having control with the pace. Also at Sunrisers Hyderabad, under Dale (Steyn, fast bowling coach) “Umar is in good hands. He has a lot of senior and experienced players around him, so he will definitely improve,” said Proteas speed merchant.

back after a long break

The current season hasn’t been the best for Nortje as he was picked in only four out of 12 matches for Delhi Capitals, taking six wickets.

“It’s been a long break but it’s good to be out on the field with the team and a long time at home. I needed a break in the beginning (of my injury) but it took too long at the end. Didn’t know. On what’s happening.

“It feels really good to be back again and obviously trying to bowl at the level I was bowling at,” said the 28-year-old.

When can I bowl full tilt? I still do not know

For fast bowlers suffering from hip injuries and stress fractures, building rhythm is an important aspect, and Nortje is still not sure how long it will take for him to peak again like in the 2019-20 season.

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

“I’m trying to figure that out myself too. Obviously there’s a balance between the amount of bowling we can bowl at this level and so you can’t really bowl 20 to 30 overs in a week.”

He explained his attempt to build muscle memory.

“Just trying to find a balance. The amount of overs bowled later will play a big role, but for now, just trying to focus on the little things – like trying to remember that What I was doing right before I got injured in November. So trying to find that feeling, but getting on top of everything can take some time,” Nortje said.

For now, Nortje isn’t trying to hit 95 mph again, focusing instead on better quality delivery and then slowly building on speed.

“The basics are also about quality of execution and delivery and lately the focus has been to strive to achieve that quality.”

Not being selected in the playing XI for almost a month

Nortje first played this season on 7 April, but after a poor start, where he scored 35 runs in 2.2 overs against Lucknow Super Giants, Nortje next played on 5 May, and has since changed to three matches. has gone.

“It’s hard enough. It’s also that if you know where you left off and what the team owners, coaching staff expect from you, you have to improve. Full credit to the support staff as well for helping me get things back on track.” to help.”

“In that first game against LSG, I had no rhythm and then the adrenaline kicked in and it was a minor problem (swallows). The next game I played (after a month), I had my rhythm and my run -Up was back.

“There were subtle changes and then it was about building on that. It was an eye-opening game (against LSG). One or two things could have been different and it would have been different.”

It was nice to be with KG but I am enjoying the new challenge too

Rabada and Nortje were the deadliest new-ball pair in the IPL for two seasons before their teammate was bought by Punjab Kings in this year’s auction.

“It has always been good to play with KG and have him with me on the field. But it is also good to have a different challenge, a new challenge for the next three years.

“I enjoyed my time with him and would love to see him again. He’s obviously done a great job for the team, but it’s a good team composition that we just got.”

“It brings a different challenge and I’m enjoying it.”

The white ball sometimes hits low, so slow bouncers, wide yorkers are in vogue

The advent of T20s with calmer pitches has certainly impressed the swing bowlers and this is one of the reasons why a lot of wide yorkers and slow bouncers are being used in the shortest format.


“It’s always tough with the white ball because it doesn’t always swing and the conditions aren’t swing conducive. On a good batting track, it becomes even more difficult for swing bowlers, who are probably faster in terms of pace. One rung below the people.

“It varies. You need a lot of training to perfect a slow bouncer or a wide yorker. Even fast bowlers, who a few years back believed in hitting hard lengths consistently. were, they are also using variations,” he concluded.

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