Johannesburg: Having played throughout his career in South African conditions, Fanie de Villiers knows a thing or two about bowling on the fast, bouncy wickets in the Rainbow Nation.
He was one of the stalwarts in the early years after South Africa’s readmission in world cricket. De Villiers does not expect the Indian pacers to trouble the home batsman in the upcoming two-Test series as most of them lack pace and have no experience of the conditions.
“It's important to bowl a fuller length. Short pitched bowling will not work with the pace your bowlers have. Working players out is important,” de Villiers told MAIL TODAY. “Drying up runs is important. Zaheer Khan, who will come back for the Tests, knows how to do it.”
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The 49-year-old former swing bowler is, however, impressed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, though he feels the Uttar Pradesh bowler needs to get stronger.
“Kumar has got potential. To be able to swing it both ways is a very scarce commodity. In fact, I wonder if there is anybody who can swing it as well as he does."
“But bowling at 128- 130 ( kmph) is not good enough in Test cricket. Hopefully, he will become quicker and stronger. Also you need to have five to six variations. You can’t buy wickets,” he said.
“Bhuvneshwar will be 60 per cent less effective with the lack of pace. He is too slow. Quicker conditions here may suit him but you need pace to get wickets in top cricket. I started there and ended up being a fast bowler. Hopefully, he has got a good coach to take him up there.”
Mohammed Shami’s ability to generate reverse swing in the series against Australia and West Indies was a heartening development, but de Villers said there were tough times ahead of him in South Africa as he would not get reverse swing.
As far as the Indian batting is concerned, he felt the onus was on Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.
De Villiers, who took 85 wickets in 18 Tests, was unhappy about the short length of the series.
“It is a silly thing to play two Test matches. If there is one rain-affected game, a team can't claim to have won the series. There should be series of three, four or five Tests,” he felt.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
'Indian bowlers no threat for South Africa'
Fanie de Villiers: "Short pitched bowling will not work with the pace your bowlers have."By Rasesh Mandani | Mail Today – Wed 11 Dec, 2013 10:35 AM IST
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