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My bowling style suits Indian tracks: Wiese

Titans all-rounder talks about his match-winning 3/17 against SRH

Four overs for 17 runs and three top-order wickets – the bowling equation is pretty impressive in itself in a T20 game. Add to that the fact that the opposition’s two best and in-form batsmen were included in those three scalps and you have a match-winning performance.

That’s exactly what David Wiese displayed against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, by removing the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan (37) and Parthiv Patel (26) after they had put on 62 in 6.2 overs.

Perhaps, the only thing more impressive than his scalps was how he got rid of them. Shikhar – who loves playing the pull shot – was taken off a short ball, and Parthiv was done in by a cunning off-cutter at less than 120 kmph just when he had got used to guiding Morne Morkel and Marchant de Lange’s pacy deliveries to the off-side fence.

Wiese’s bowling helped the Titans curb the SRH run-rate – they scored 45/6 from overs 7 to 17 – and keep the target down to 146, which they achieved with eight wickets and 21 balls to spare.

After the match, Wiese, in a conversation with clt20.com, explained how the Titans’ bowling strategies worked against each SRH batsman and why his bowling style suits Indian conditions.

Excerpts from his interview:

That win was almost perfect


Yes, it was a good win and we needed it to give ourselves a chance of furthering in this tournament. It was also a nice confidence booster ahead of another important game.

You must be very satisfied with your own bowling effort given how the first two matches went for you

Yes, personally I have struggled in the last two games and it didn’t come out as nicely as I wanted it to. So, it was nice to get that rhythm back today and contribute with three wickets to the team’s cause.

The impressive thing about your bowling was how smartly you used the short ball and took the pace off the ball. Did a lot of planning go into that?

Yes, we did get the footage of previous matches and planned exactly how to bowl to every batsman. But also, batsmen nowadays have become so good in this T20 format that you need to change it up. You cannot bowl the same ball twice and have to keep them thinking with each ball.

That off-cutter you bowled to get Parthiv Patel out – did you always have it or did you develop it for Indian conditions?

It’s always been with me; that’s kind of how I ply my trade. I am a bowler that takes the pace off the ball and so you’ll see a lot of cutters and slower balls. I try to mix it up the whole time and so, I think my bowling style is pretty much suited for Indian wickets and conditions in that regards.

What was the thinking behind Henry Davids opening the bowling despite having the likes of Morkel and de Lange?

That was just a bit of planning and strategizing that went into the game. It was to just catch them a bit unawares. Since there were two left-handers, we wanted someone who could turn the ball away from them. Who knows, something could have happened there.

In the powerplay overs it seemed too easy for SRH openers to just use Morkel and de Lange’s pace and guide the ball through the off-side. Is that something the team needs to look into?

Yes, I think it’s difficult to bowl with that pace in the first six overs with just two fielders out of the circle. But hats off to them for batting so well in the powerplay and taking the game to us. it’s just something we have to work on and be better at next time.

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