The South African franchises struggled with the ball in the CLT20, but death bowling specialist Charl Langeveldt believes they have the skill to deliver at the death.
During his international career, Langeveldt claimed 100 wickets in 72 One Day Internationals, including a hat-trick in the last over of an ODI against the West Indies in 2005 to win the game for the Proteas by a single run. He is regarded as one of the best death bowlers ever produced by South Africa and answered the Cobras SOS call to come out of retirement and join the side in the CLT20.
Despite their lack of success, Langevelt feels that both the Cobras and Dolphins possess the talent to produce the goods at the business end of the innings.
‘I don’t think we lack skills in the death-bowling department,’ Langeveldt told the Cape Cobras website.
He said he was impressed by the skills shown by Robbie Frylinck and Kyle Abbott. However, they need to work on their composure and predictability.
‘Perhaps we could be calmer. We can always return to the yorkers. Sometimes we tend to be a tad one-dimensional,’ said the veteran death bowler.
He went on to say that if Frylinck had produced two wide off-side yorkers, Mitchell Marsh might not have been able to hit consecutive sixes off the final two deliveries to steal an unlikely victory in the group match between the Perth Scorchers and the Dolphins.
Looking forward, Langeveldt predicted the team that will lift the domestic RAM SLAM T20 Challenge trophy, will be the side with the best all-round bowling attack. The Cobras may struggle in this area as Beuran Hendricks, who is recovering from a stress fracture, and the West Indian mystery spinner Sunil Narine may not be available.
‘We have quite a bit of work to do with our bowling attack,’ concluded Langeveldt.
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