IPL 2021: “Bowling just four overs with a breakneck pace is exciting, but for me the main format is still test cricket”
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Delhi Capitals (DC) fast pitcher Anrich Nortje has test cricket as his ultimate goal despite his profound success in the game’s shorter format. The South African has been one of the most consistent players in the IPL and has also helped him secure a spot on the national team.
Nortje’s fiery rhythm and precision make it a tough proposition across all formats. While you have figured out the code to be successful at T20 Cricket, you have yet to fully find your way into the game’s longer format. Nortje endured a tough test debut for South Africa in 2019, running out of wicket after throwing 25 overs in the Pune heat against a belligerent Indian team.
While acknowledging the thrills and spills galore that the game’s shorter format brings to the fore, Nortje still believes that test cricket is the ultimate pinnacle of the sport. While speaking to News18, Nortje said:
“The T20 format has provided opportunities for many pacemakers. Bowling just four overs with a breakneck pace is exciting, but for me the main format is still test cricket. Red ball cricket requires more (energy) and is the most difficult format since you have to be so consistent. “
Nortje has taken 47 wickets in 12 test matches since his debut. He fits well into a pacing attack spearheaded by Kagiso Rabada, with Lungi Ngidi by his side as well.
Mindset and focus when playing Test, ODI or T20 leagues do not change: Nortje
Nortje noted that there were not many changes in the approach taken by bowlers when playing matches in different game formats. He believes that there is a slight change in the line when playing with the white ball and the red ball and the added factor of varying conditions in test cricket also comes into play.
“The mindset and focus when you play in Test, ODI or in the T20 leagues don’t change because you want to do the same kind of things. In the T20 format, you can give your all and put all your energy into four overs but in Test cricket one try to use the same rhythm (for five days). “
“On the red ball, you try to stick to the top of the stump, but on the white ball it could be the top of the middle stump. In the test, you also evaluate the conditions on that day,” Nortje explained.
Nortje will be looking to evolve as an all-format bowler similar to Jasprit Bumrah in the near future.
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