Proteas fast bowler Anrich Nortje is relishing the opportunity to reunite with national teammate Kagiso Rabada, this time in the colours of Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit, the Dehli Capitals.
The speedster’s IPL dream was delayed in 2019 when he pulled out injured after he was snapped up by two-time champions, the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada reunite
Having spearheaded the Proteas attack in the past home summer, they are expected to do the same for the Capitals when the T20 spectacle kicks off in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in mid-September.
The 26-year-old says he cannot wait to lead his new team’s pace attack.
“We have got the base and so hopefully we can bring it up to do our parts. Obviously, it is going to be interesting to see how the wickets play and the conditions are,” he said. “But I am sure it is going to be nice having two quicks or a couple of fast bowlers from either side. I think it is going to make the captain’s life a bit easier at the end of the day.”
Competition in Delhi Capitals bowling attack
In their ranks, the Capitals have the experienced Indian pair of Ishant and Mohit Sharma, along with the all-round talents of Australia’s Marcus Stionis and the promising Kemar Paul of the West Indies.
In the spin department, they are led by Indian ace, Ravichandran Ashwin with former international Amit Mishra also expected to play a key role.
Nortje was brought into the Capitals setup after the withdrawal of England all-rounder Chris Woakes.
The franchise’s owner Parth Jindal was excited to be able to secure the quick’s services.
“He bowls with Rabada and that makes a lethal combo,” Jindal said. “As soon as we expressed our interest, Rajasthan (Royals) also came in the fray. But, we were lucky that Nortje chose us. we can’t wait to see him and Rabada bowling in tandem.”
Parth Jindal, Delhi Capitals owner
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