South African runner on Umran Malik comparisons: “Not Bothered About Who’s Fastest”
Anrich Nortje discussed similarities to Indian speedster Umran Malik and how his priority is still helping his side win games rather than trying to bowl the fastest ball.
Anrich Nortje, a pace bowler for South Africa, has the capacity to routinely reach 150 km/h. Making him one of the quickest bowlers in the world. One of the key bowlers in the South African attack, the pacer has three wickets so far in the five-match T20I series against India. Nortje discussed similarities to Indian quick Umran Malik and how his aim is still on winning games for the team rather than competing to bowl the fastest ball a day before the fourth T20I in Rajkot, where the visitors are now leading the five-match series 2-1.
“Yes, I don’t care who is the fastest at this point (bowler). It doesn’t really matter who is the fastest or what a speed gun is; what matters is how you can help the team. Naturally, you consider how you can get faster with your training methods or whatever you are doing when I train or when I’m not playing. Though it is not something I consider when I am on the field, it is something I will keep working toward in the back of my mind “at a news conference on Thursday, said Nortje.
“Umran Malik is a skilled and quick bowler. He has demonstrated his abilities. Great for him if he becomes faster. Great for me if I can get faster. It is about winning games and trying to contribute, not about striving to bowl the fastest ball, in my opinion, “Added him.
The 28-year-old added that although he is not yet fully recovered, he is making progress. Additionally, he discussed how his time spent recovering will help him remain strong moving forward.
“No. Still not. Still working on it and attempting to learn a few things. And I’m just getting there physically. It involves gradually escalating and constructing it. I’m not completely where I want to be. I definitely rate myself based on where I was at the conclusion of the IPL and the beginning of the World Cup last year, so I’m still striving to get there “Nortje remarked.
“Because some of the goods and bowling are limited, it is difficult. It is quite limited since you can’t always go out there and bowl 8 to 9 overs per day. But thus far, it’s been a fun task and something that will be useful to me later. Some crucial lessons to learn from this in case there are any future aches or injuries are: “Added he.
Nortje responded to a query on the Proteas’ bench power as follows.: “Everyone has been playing in the IPL or working extremely hard at home. so I believe everyone has been in good shape. It’s encouraging to observe that occasionally, the players who are sitting on the bench virtually outperform those who are on the field. It would be incredibly interesting to observe how they do when given the chance. I believe that Lungi Ngidi hasn’t played in a while, so I’m interested to see whether they get a chance and how they do.”