Men from KZN left pondering

2012-03-24 00:00

THE sun has set on the Dolphins’ season and the men from KwaZulu-Natal must be left wondering who they have annoyed after a year that was bedevilled by bad luck.

The Dolphins began the season in good spirits, but the injuries suffered by star imports Chris Gayle and Shaun Tait, coupled with the resignation of coach Graham Ford midseason and a harsh three-month doping ban handed out to batsman Vaughn van Jaarsveld all played their part in stymieing the team’s progress.

In addition, the Dolphins run with bad weather beggared belief as a total of nine matches, spread across the One-Day Cup and the MiWay T20 Challenge, ended in no-results because of inclement weather and, in one case, an unplayable pitch.

But the bad luck should in no way disguise the fact that the Dolphins failed to perform to the best of their abilities during the season.

The team finished bottom of the four-day SuperSport Series table after just one win while they failed to reach the knock-out stages of the two limited-overs competitions.

The Dolphins are in the midst of a rebuilding phase, but there were precious few positives for the franchise.

The emergence of 20-year-old batsman Cody Chetty — who impressed in all three domestic competitions — was a plus as was the continued development of left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi, especially in first-class cricket.

Eighteen-year-old off-spinner Prenelan Subrayen also showed that he is able to hold his own on the bigger stage, but questions have been raised about the legality of his bowling action.

Interim coach Lance Klusener brought some much needed aggression to the team, but too many of the senior players seemed to be treading water during the season.

Klusener would not be drawn on whether he would be applying for the position of head coach on a permanent basis saying only that he was sure that he would speak to chief executive Jesse Chellan “at some stage”.

But Klusener did say that he had been encouraged by the talent in the team even if the mind-set of the players needed some work.

“There is plenty of talent, but it is a matter of guys actually starting to believe in their own talent. The problem is that we don’t really have anyone that has won anything so they don’t know how to go about that,” he said.

“There is no lack of skill but there is a lack of belief. It means that they don’t know how to go about things and that will be a long process and a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of trying. But the nice thing is that everyone is keen to do well and better themselves and to win something next year,” he added.

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