South African pacesetter Anrich Nortje is one of the fastest bowlers in the world as he has the ability to consistently hit 150 km/h. The pacemaker has taken three wickets so far in the ongoing five-match T20I series against India and is one of the key bowlers in the South African attack. The visitors are currently leading the five-game run 2-1 and a day before the fourth T20I in Rajkot, Nortje spoke about comparisons to Indian speedster Umran Malik and how his focus remains on winning games for the team rather than winning. compete for the fastest ball.
“Yeah, at this stage I don’t care who is the fastest (bowler). I don’t really care who is fastest and what the speedgun is, it’s about doing something for the team. When I train, when I’m not playing you naturally think about how you can get fast with the way you train whatever you do In the back of my mind it would be something I will continue to strive for but it’s not something I think about when I go to the field,” Nortje said during a press conference on Thursday.
“Umran Malik very good bowler, very fast bowler. He has shown what he can do. If he gets faster, great for him. If I get faster, great for me. I don’t think we’re at the stage where we’re competing for bowling the fastest ball is about winning games and trying to contribute,” he added.
The 28-year-old also said he is not 100 percent yet, but is slowly getting there. He also said how his recovery period will help him stay on the right track.
“No. Not yet. Still on it, still trying to figure out one or two things. And body-wise, just to get there. It’s about increasing slowly and slowly building up. Not 100 percent where I want to be.” I probably estimate myself from where I was last year, the end of the IPL, the start of the World Cup, so I’m still trying to get there,” said Nortje.
“It’s hard because some things are limited, some of the bowling is limited. You can’t always go out and bowl 8-9 overs a day, so it’s very limited. But so far it’s been a good challenge, it’s something that will help me in the future. If there are any problems or injuries in the future, some important things need to be taken out of this,” he added.
When asked about the strength of the Proteas bench, Nortje said: “I think everyone has been in good shape, everyone has either played in the IPL or trained pretty hard at home. It’s nice to see the guys who on the bench are really performing almost better than the guys on the pitch at some point it would be really good to see when they get a chance and how they go I think Lungi Ngidi hasn’t played in a long time , so excited to see if they get a chance and how they go when they get a chance.”
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