Having joined the Delhi Capitals from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, South African pacer Anrich Nortje took part in his first nets session on Sunday evening and seemed delighted to step out on to the field after having spent a week in quarantine after arriving in the United Arab Emirates. Also Read - IPL 2020 Updated Points Table: Mumbai Dethrone Capitals; Mayank Pips Rahul For Orange Cap, Shami Surpasses Rabada For Purple Cap
“It’s good to be out and on the grass, and not on the balcony. I can’t explain it, but it feels like I’ve been locked up in prison for some days. So, it’s great to be outside,” he said. “I tried to take it easy on the first day. It will be more intense slowly but surely over the next few days. But it was so great to be bowling on an actual square,” said the right-arm fast bowler. Also Read - CSK vs SRH Dream11 Team Hints, Tips And Predictions, Captain And Vice-Captain, Probable XI Fantasy Cricket IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Match 11 Dubai International Cricket Stadium at 7:30 PM IST Friday October 2
“It’s a bit surreal to be out here, and with the Delhi Capitals. I was a late replacement, and till the time I sat on the plane I wasn’t sure if things were really happening. I wasn’t sure I was going to finally get here, and if the tournament was going to go ahead; I was just very happy. It kicked in once I got on to the flight,” said the 28-year-old player. Also Read - CSK vs SRH IPL 2020 Live Cricket Streaming Details: How to Watch Online, Latest Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Match 14, Venue, TV Timing in India, Full Schedule, Squads
Nortje, who represneted KKR last season but could not make IPL debut due to a shoulder injury, also reckons that the team environment could be a big factor in the upcoming season. “It’s a great bunch of guys, and I look forward to gelling with them. We all know that it’s going to be a long season, but if the team environment is good, it can often feel like fewer days.”
Nortje seemed excited on the prospect of bowling with compatriot Kagiso Rabada. “I look forward to bowling with KG when he gets here, and I hope that makes us a potent bowling side. We’ve definitely got the pace. It will be interesting to see how the wickets play, but I’m sure all captains would want a couple of quicks in their side to make their job a little bit easier,” said Nortje, who was named Cricket South Africa’s Newcomer of the Year for 2020.