Fabled former leg spinner Shane Warne popped in to give the Proteas a jovial surprise as he is moving to assist South Africa at the net session before the second semifinal of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 on Friday.
“We were really startled to catch him in the meshes. May be he was getting fatigued at the hotel room and over to have a bowl.” Hasim Amla, the senior veteran of the team stated.
Lerato Malekutu, the media director of the team has appeared to be very agitated at the sudden visit of Warne. “We all were surprised to watch him out here. He threw six, seven deliveries. May be he was getting bored in his hotel.” She guessed.
Warne had been looking inwards on the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium at about 11 and the first question he has needed, “Mate, are the South Africans muddled through their batting and bowling?”
He then retired to the VIP lounge of the stadium, after the session.
He merely stuck out back of the wicket, looking out the spinners with intense consideration. He spoke to Tahir in particular, but he too went through watching JP Duminy bowl his off-shifts and left-arm slow bowler Aaron Phangiso roll his arm over. Thither was a back-fence talk also that he has popped in to coach Tahir.
He held a long word with his old fellow and cutthroat Allan Donald, the bowling coach of the Proteas. He gave Warne the responsibility twice to check shot at the final minute to play averting strokes.
“Quiney (nickname) is a fearless cricketer and is playing really hard to invest in a great performance,” Amla said. Only by the close of the training session, the limelight was stolen by someone who had taken 1001 international wickets in his 15-year career!