Pacemen require variations on sub-continent pitches: Zondeki

The 27-year old pace bowler once touted as a possible replacement for Allan Donald in the South African line-up, during a chat spoke about his ambitions, expectations from CL and strategies.

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On the importance of CL: It is a pretty huge tournament for me. I have some more years left in me, and I hope the CL will push my career in the right direction.

On his strategy of bowling in Indian pitches: Bowling in Indian pitches is not just about pace, in fact it is true everywhere in the world. Yes, pace is one of my important weapons, but in the sub-continent, where pitches generally encourage batsman, you need a lot more than just raw pace. Having a lot of variations is a must in these type of pitches.

You have to know the opposition, the kind of batsmen you will bowl to and the shots they will play. You have to use a variety of deliveries – the faster balls, the slower balls, the Yorkers.

You have to make your decisions according to what the batsman is doing. You know you only have four overs to bowl and that makes you want to run in fast, but that can be a bad thing depending on the situation. In short, as a pace bowler you require a lot of patience here.

On being a senior in the side: I have played some international cricket and while I am not old I have some experience. I have been to India before and look to share whatever experience I have with the younger and less experienced bowlers.

On the pressure as a senior: There will not be any pressure. If you play in high-profile tournament like this there is going to be a lot attention on you. I am just focusing on the job at hand – bowling Cape Cobras to victory.

On Royal Challengers Bangalore: They have some huge stars in their line-up. But I am confident Cobras have got the right mix of ammunition to come up with a good fight.

On the injuries and lost years: It’s really painful to miss all those years through injuries. I have played just six Tests and 13 ODIs since I made my debut in 2002. But I believe in looking ahead positively.

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