• Peterson’s plan for India

    After taking a break from the rigors of international cricket, Robin Peterson is feeling refreshed ahead of the Champions League T20. Gareth Stevens reports.

    The Cape Cobras depart for India on Saturday 13 September. Their mission to become the first South African team to lift the trophy will start on Friday 19 September, when they take on one of the qualifiers.

    The Cape Town-based franchise will be well equipped for the low and slow conditions associated with the subcontinent. Robin Peterson and Dane Piedt provide the captain with two international quality spinners. Perhaps even more exciting for followers of South African cricket is that both have perfected the Carrom ball. It’s flicked out the front of the fingers and turns the other way. Peterson believes that batsmen become more cautious when they know that the bowler has the ability to turn it in both directions.

    ‘It is not that the delivery will take so many wickets, but that it creates uncertainty in the batsman’s mind,’ Peterson told the Cape Cobras website.

    The all-rounder acknowledged that he experienced a slump in form while representing his country. However, a stint in County cricket and a more relaxed schedule has restored his confidence. The spinner feels like he’s back to his best and is determined to produce the goods during a successful campaign for the Cape Cobras.

    ‘I was playing too much cricket,’ explained Peterson. ‘It was like quick sand, the more I played, the more I struggled. I needed to get away.

    ‘I am striking the ball beautifully and bowling with a lot of rhythm.’

    Cape Cobras fixtures:
    19 September, vs TBC
    21 September, vs Hobart Hurricanes
    26 September, vs Barbados
    28 September, vs Punjab

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