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Nandre Burger Debuts With Fire, Draws Kevin Pietersen’s “Don’t Smile” Advice
By CricShots - Dec 27, 2023 11:51 am
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South Africa’s Day 1 performance at SuperSport Park, Centurion, left India reeling at 208/8, with speedster Kagiso Rabada claiming a five-wicket haul. But beyond the established star’s brilliance, a new name etched itself into the day’s narrative: Nandre Burger. The debutant left-arm quick announced his arrival on the Test stage with two crucial wickets, removing Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill in successive overs.

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Nandre Burger had a brilliant Test debut

Nandre Burger’s fiery pace, consistently clocking around the 145 kmph mark, impressed not just fans but also legendary England batsman Kevin Pietersen. However, Kevin Pietersen went on to offer constructive criticism, urging Burger to channel his youthful exuberance into a more predatory edge.

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“I like Nandre Burger. I like his pace a lot. The only thing I’d like even more, is if he didn’t smile as much and got more aggressive! Smiling at batters gives them a small win every single time. Bowl fast, seriously fast and DO NOT smile after most deliveries!” tweeted the iconic batsman.

Kevin Pietersen’s comparison to former Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson underlined the importance of intimidating presence for fast bowlers. Johnson, during the 2013-14 Ashes, tormented the English batsmen with his hostile bowling, a stark contrast to Burger’s seemingly friendly demeanor.

Despite the critique, Burger’s talent is undeniable. His short career boasts impressive T20 stats – an average of 21.42 and an economy of 7.40. This, coupled with his recent acquisition by Rajasthan Royals in the IPL auction, signals a promising future for the young pacer.

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Burger’s Day 1 performance was a glimpse into his potential. While Rabada stole the headlines, the debutant’s contribution shouldn’t be overshadowed. Kevin Pietersen’s advice, though seemingly harsh, is a testament to the high expectations placed upon him. Time will tell if Burger can harness his aggression and translate his raw talent into sustained success, but one thing is certain: the name Nandre Burger is one to remember.