Langeveldt: ‘Key to winning in India is to not give up’

2015-10-15 06:00
South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada (left) celebrates after taking the wicket of India’s Stuart Binny during the first ODI in Kanpur.
PHOTO: AP Photo

South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada (left) celebrates after taking the wicket of India’s Stuart Binny during the first ODI in Kanpur. PHOTO: AP Photo

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SUNDAY’S ODI win by five runs for the Proteas in the first of five matches against India was in no small measure thanks to the bowlers, especially young Kagiso Rabada who rose to the occasion and defended 11 runs in the final over.

With that in mind, Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt has attributed the success of his bowlers doing the business at the death of an innings to “adapting to the game-changing pressure overs”.

The Proteas step out at the Holkar Stadium in Indore today for the second ODI and, according to Langeveldt, there will need to be an adjustment from the bowlers who used the back-of-a-length strategy in the first match.

“We will have to assess conditions quickly to allow us to change strategy and hit the winning formula sooner rather than later,” said Langeveldt.

“When it comes to death bowling, it’s not only about yorkers and sticking to one element of attack. My advice has always been that the bowler who adapts and sums up the situation quickest will be the most successful.”

Armchair critics will find that a brave statement as yorkers are tough to bowl and although the current crop of bowlers have proven their pedigree and done the business with the ball more often than not, getting that yorker spot on is a fine art that can never quite be achieved on a regular basis.

“Obviously a match situation will dictate what to bowl and there will be games where more yorkers will be required but in training we do focus on different deliveries,” said Langeveldt.

“We work on slower balls and bouncers as well, all weapons which can be used on varying wickets. Much depends on what the conditions and wicket offers.”

Since Sunday, Langeveldt said the Protea bowlers had been working on keeping their composure in the first 10 and last five overs, crucial periods of a match where the pattern of an innings is dictated and could be the difference between winning and losing.

“Key in India is not to give up. Yes, bowlers will go for runs and our motto on this tour is to compete,” he said.

“That means for each ball, If you go for six, there’s the next ball to come back. Conditions here are never easy and the mindset of concentrating on the next ball — competing — will win us games.”

Not too many ODIs have been played at Holkar Stadium but last time round, in 2011, India’s Virender Sehwag smashed a rare ODI double-hundred, scoring 219 against West Indies. India also have a 100% record at the ground, winning all three ODIs played.

Langeveldt knows the pressure is on his bowlers. “It’s a fairly small ground with short straight boundaries so life will be difficult for bowlers on both sides,” he said. “Again, I stress the importance of adapting quickly.”

Today’s match is telecast on SS2 from 9.30 am

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