Arafat’s arrival at Dolphins may mean the end of ‘Murali’ Miller

2011-02-08 00:00

THE KZN Dolphins have acquired the services of Pakistan international Yasir Arafat for the Pro20 Series, and the seamer has already shown his worth during last Friday’s win over the Warriors in East London.

Though not blisteringly quick, the 28-year-old provided control and swing with the new ball, boosting a Dolphins line-up that has been short of strong bowling options.

A bit of a Pro20 specialist, Arafat has already garnered 100 wickets in the shortest format of the game.

Having played three Tests and 11 ODIs for his country, the right-armer’s considerable experience looks like it can only benefit a Dolphins bowling department that has seen the likes of Cameron Delport, David Miller and even Loots Bosman turn the arm over.

Arafat may yet become even more valuable to the KZN franchise if they make it to the semi-finals, where they would be on the verge of the unlikeliest of Champions League slots.

Coach Graham Ford has maintained that his side will take it a game at a time, but even the biggest Dolphins optimist must be surprised at their excellent start.

Victories over the Knights and the highly-fancied Warriors have propelled the Durbanites to the top of the table where they are one win away from the semis.

“There is a nice vibe in the side at the moment,” Miller informed The Witness last night.

“We have made a good start to the competition, but we know that there is still a lot of hard work for us,” the hard-hitting left-hander added.

Miller forms a crucial triumvirate at the top of the order, along with Bosman and Vaughn van Jaarsveld.

“I have found a bit of form, and ‘Bozza’ has also been in the runs, which has helped the side, obviously,” he reflected.

He is still slightly miffed at the unwitting role played by Bosman’s head in his dismissal against the Knights, though.

“I have told ‘Bozza’ that he needs to watch The Matrix, so he will know what to do the next time that happens,” the unrepentant Miller chirped.

As for his new role as a part-time “spinner” — with a suspiciously bent elbow — Miller wasn’t best pleased with his sole over against the Warriors.

“The first four balls went well, but I should have known that Bouch [Mark Boucher] would have a go if the last two were in the slot.”

Sadly they were, and even his quirky action couldn’t save Miller from being given some of his own medicine with a pair of sixes.

“I didn’t realise that my elbow was that dicey, but I guess I might get a free trip to Australia for Tests,” he quipped.

With Arafat in tow, the only balls Miller may have to concern himself with are the ones coming off his bat.

The Dolphins host the Cobras on Friday night.

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