South Africa bowling coach Charl Langeveldt reveals his plan for India series
The South Africa is set to land on September 26 for 72 days long full-fledged series involving three T20, five ODIs and four Test matches. South Africa bowling coach Charl Langeveldt is focusing on a few important things that will help his boys to cope with Indian conditions.
Langeveldt is happy with the selection of three exciting, fast bowlers, who will be pushing for a place across all three formats. And it is a good indication of the healthy fast bowling resource at hand.
The four-time World Cup semifinalist bowler will have one warm-up the match and two preparatory sessions in hand before the series, start with the three-match T20 series which is scheduled to start on October 2 in Dharamshala.
For the India series, Langeveldt is focusing more on changing the mindset of his bowlers and awareness of the expected conditions along with some technical and skills specific aspects which he won’t normally have time to focus on during the tour. He is also creating situations for the bowlers to respond.
With the World T20 2016 scheduled in India, Langeveldt said, “the T20Is are the most important at the moment. It is a World Cup year and bowling in India requires a different mindset.”
Langeveldt said he will select three fast bowlers and two spinners for 5 ODIs. The idea is clear for Langeveldt; as per his plan Dale Steyn and Morne will start the attack and Vernon Philander will come as a first change as he can prevent batsmen from rotating the strike.
“Our fast bowling attack is key. Steyn bowls well with the ball reversing and with the new ball. Even if it is an SG ball, he does bowl well and gets the ball to reverse”, he said. So, it is clear Philander will be used as the last line of defense.
“When Vernon bowled in Bangladesh, he was one of our best bowlers. He made guys play a lot more than others.
“If he can strike with the new ball in India, that is key for us. He brings that consistency to our attack and he can keep the run rate down. He went for one and a half runs an over in Bangladesh recently.
“He did not get the results, but if you talk about keeping the run rate down and creating pressure from one end while the spinner is attacking from the other, he can do so to good effect,” Langveldt explained.
However, Langeveldt did not reveal the name of his second spinner other than Imran Tahir. South Africa included young fast bowler Kagiso Rabada in their team, but he is unlikely to start as Langeveldt thinks Indian pitch will not support his bowling. But, “I will make sure Kagiso is prepared. So, if the opportunity does come, he is ready to play. I can’t say when he is going to play or not. It is out of my control, out of his control as well….All he can control is that he has to keep himself ready,” Langeveldt signed off.