There’s no doubt that the attacking brand of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and their recent success of winning four out of five four-day matches will serve them exceptionally well in the Mzansi Super League, where twelve of them will be in action, says JP Duminy, captain of the Cape side in the white-ball formats.

Duminy, an experienced Proteas all-rounder, will miss the Mzansi Super League T20 due to shoulder surgery.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have been in popular demand and 12 of them were snapped out in the draft of the inaugural Mzansi Super League.

Asked what his expectations of the 12 are, Duminy said he is confident that players who get a good run in the tournament will contribute heavily.

The Cobras have won four out of five 4Day Domestic Series matches and are at the summit of the table. Asked how beneficial it will be for them in the Mzansi Super League, Duminy said the confidence will be infectious in the Mzansi Super League.

“There has been a conscious effort by the guys, something I have been part of in the off-season, to play a positive brand of cricket and to lead from the front. To see that unfold in this manner has been exceptional.

“The conversations in the change room have been to play positively and to take the game forward. If all of them who have been snapped up in the League take that mindset forward into the league we can expect some great things,” Duminy said.

Duminy said he has a feeling Hashim Amla will be a big contributor to the Mzansi Super League. “He is a very meticulous player with his training for T20 cricket and very innovative.

“He is a student of the game and found ways to get on top of the bowlers. He has evolved immensely. For a couple of years he was not rated in T20 cricket but he has proved to everybody that he is capable of so much more and that has been exceptional to see.”

The international stalwart said Dane Paterson has been highly rated because of the skills-set he possesses. He is regarded as one of the best death bowlers in South Africa. It all comes down to execution.

“He practices meticulously on his skills and thinks hard about his game. He wants to make sure off the field as well as one of the leaders. He is high on confidence and the whole of South Africa expect him to have a good tournament,” Duminy said.

Rory Kleinveldt is a seasoned campaigner who knows what to do in pressure situations. He is the type of player who asks for the ball in pressure situations and then tries to make things happen.

 

The Mzansi Super League will give Vernon Philander an opportunity to showcase his skills. “In my humble opinion, Vernon can contribute in all formats. We have seen it time again in white-ball formats. He has been around for many years and understands his game and contributes heavily in pressure situations,” Duminy said.

 

“Lizaad Williams has been regarded as one of the better death bowlers in the country but it comes down to opportunity. He has not necessarily had the opportunity. He has been picked up years ago because of his death bowling skills, and a good action and execution. If he gets a go in the Mzansi Super League the lights will shine brightly on him,” according to Duminy.

 

Duminy has not seen a lot of Tladi Bokako, except for an over or two. He has come to the Western Cape with great expectations. He has taken his opportunities and has done exceptionally well in the four-day competition.

 

Duminy said he has not seen much of Janneman Malan but believes the young Cobras star has huge potential.  “I’ve had conversations about him. He is very different in his technique. He is exceptionally talented with an amazing set of hands. He is a good striker of the ball and can hit the ball very far. I expect big things of him and it will be exciting to see how he unfolds,” Duminy said.

 

“George Linde is a go-to man and a banker in the sense that he does not shy away from the action. He always wants to use the ball in pressure situations. He never backs down and as a batsman can be used up and down the order. He is itching to play in the Mzansi Super League and wants to put in big performances, which is great,” Duminy added.

 

Duminy also sees a bright future for Kyle Verreynne. “He is undoubtedly exceptionally talented, but he just needs a good opportunity and a fair go to showcase his skills. He has an immense skills-set from a batting point of view and is very innovative. He is going to make some big inroads in the tournament (if given opportunities),” Duminy said.

 

Ferisco Adams, nicknamed the Ice Man for his composure under pressure, is the man Duminy turns to whenever in doubt. “He closed out so many games last season. He has exceptional skills-set in the way he executes his stock delivery and bowls his Yorkers. His change-up and variations have been impressive. There is no doubt he will do some great things,” Duminy remarked.

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