Published:13 November 2020
With his searing pace setting the stage on fire in IPL 2020, Delhi Capitals speedster Anrich Nortje has finally drawn the world's attention after being something of an unknown quantity earlier on. He picked up 20 wickets for the Capitals from 14 games and has been a critical cog so far in their excellent season. With only a few bowlers left in world cricket who can go bowl over the 150 kph barrier continuously, it is unusual to see a bowler setting the speed guns on fire these days. Thus, when Nortje bowled an entire over the fantasy mark against Rajasthan Royals and rattled through Jos Buttler's stumps with a ball missile that was measured at 154.8 kph, it was among IPLs highlight reels.
Nortje finally spilt beans on the secret of his express pace in an exclusive interview with DNA ahead of their vital Qualifier 2 match against SunRisers Hyderabad. He said that when he follows the fundamentals correctly and develops the rhythm, a bowler generates pace. As a fast bowler, if you have such injuries, it's always nice to give it time and not try to come back, Nortje said. With his compatriot and another express pace bowler, Kagiso Rabada, the South-African pacer has established a formidable pace attack at Delhi Capitals.
Though Rabada is one of today's leading bowlers in the game and is always in the reckoning for the Purple Hat, Nortje is happy to play Rabada 's second fiddle and has acted as his competent Delhi Capitals deputy. With 25 wickets from 15 games, Rabada is currently second on the charts, but Nortje felt it was Rabada 's death bowling craft that he wanted to imitate. I believe I am gaining experience and continue learning while playing with him, which would also help me set up in South Africa, Nortje said. While the Delhi Capitals began their tournament emphatically, hovering around throughout the league stages at the top of the table, it is fair to say that in the later stages they lost they have lost their way, losing five of their last six matches.
Nortje believes in the principle of Never Giving Up and keeps his spirits high ahead of the make or break game.