Makhaya Ntini Opines On How Proteas Can Stop Suryakumar Yadav
By CricShots - Oct 3, 2022 1:36 pm
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Former South African fast bowler, Makhaya Ntini has asserted that the Proteas’ bowlers need to find a length and stick with it in order to restrict Suryakumar Yadav from scoring runs at a brisk pace against them. Yadav continued his brilliant form with another half-century as he amassed 61 off 22 balls to power India to a massive score and put the Proteas bowling attack to the sword.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav played another blistering knock

During a recent chat with ESPNCricinfo, Makhaya Ntini said that the South African bowlers’ plan didn’t come through on the day and said the only way they can restrict the in-form batter is by finding a length suitable for them. He even went on to compare the Indian and South African bowlers and said that the Proteas are bowling a length that allows Yadav time to decide on his shots.

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Explaining the same, “I’m thinking outside the box here and putting myself in those guys’ shoes. I think their plan didn’t come through and the only way I can restrict him from going hard on them is to find a length that is suitable for them. That I can be able to restrict him from scoring boundaries. But it didn’t happen at all.”

Makhaya Ntini
Makhaya Ntini

Elaborating it further, Makhaya Ntini said, “It is one of those things that you buy in one mindset. Say bowl outside off stump, find a good length. Because if I compare South Africa and Indian seamers especially when it comes to the first powerplay. The length that India has bowled. It was one of those good lengths where you are not sure if you should go straightaway because the ball is still swinging.”

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Makhaya Ntini concluded, “From a South African point of view, they’re bowling in that seventh and eighth length that gives him more time to see where the ball is going to swing or go straight. That is one of the things I think for South African point of view, they need to identify the length that is important and they can be consistent and make sure that they don’t go for runs.”