CAPE TOWN. – Depending on the captain’s script and the conductor’s instructions, he will deliver the Carrom-delivery on que, but he can only attack if his skipper gives him licence, says Dane Piedt.
The South African off-spinner will be one of the attacking weapons of the Cape Cobras when they play in their first Sunfoil Series match of the 2015/2016-season at PPC Newlands against the VKB Knights. Piedt is also the only specialist spinner selected for South Africa for the first two tests against England in South Africa.
He indicated he might use his feared Carrom-ball a bit more in domestic games, depending on conditions and the requests by his skipper.
Piedt says he is a much better bowler than the debutant who claimed eight for 152 in his maiden test for South Africa against Zimbabwe.
“I am more mature in the way I go about things. I am mentally also much stronger. Eight months ago I thought I would never represent South Africa again (after a career-threatening shoulder injury).
“In the fourth test against India (he captured four for 117 in 38 overs) I performed to my captain’s instructions and did exactly what he required me to do,” Piedt said.
The Cape Cobras off-spinner could have had a better return and might have taken 7 wickets in that much with a bit of luck.
One catch was put down at slip ( a straight forward chance) off Piedt, while at least one leg-before-wicket chance and another bat-pad-chance did not get its deserved verdict.
Piedt is not your average spinner. He uses the doosra and Carrom-varieties and can also produce a cunning arm ball (which accounted for Shikhar Dhawan in the fourth test).
“I can bowl the Carrom-ball any moment. But it always depends on the match situation. If I am required to play an attacking role, I won’t necessarily bowl a Carrom-ball first up, but will try and whip out the batsman with my off-spinners before reverting to the Carrom-ball.”
The Carrom-ball is delivered by flicking it between the thumb and a bent middle finger to impart spin. Unlike the off-spin delivery which moves back into the right-hander, it moves away from the right-hander, and in some cases even moves straight on.
“It really also depends on conditions, as the ball will not turn as appreciably in South Africa as in India.”
Piedt is an advocate of consistency and of performing the holding role to perfection, and that asset contributed to his success in the fourth test against India as he hardly dished out any freebees in the first innings against the attacking-minded hosts.
His new-found confidence might pose a threat to the VKB Knights when the Cape Cobras host them at PPC Newlands in a Sunfoil Series match starting on Thursday.
Piedt captured 45 wickets in eight Sunfoil Series matches in the 2013/2014-season, including a hat-trick in a home game against the Sunfoil Dolphins at Boland Park in Paarl.
adminhttps://capecobras.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/World-Sports-Betting-Cape-Cobras-horizontal-2017.pngadmin2015-12-17 06:35:382019-01-28 14:55:18Piedt ready to unleash Carrom-ball a bit more domestically