Norkea trying to regain ‘old rhythm’

… Bharat Sharma …

Rajkot, Jun 16 (PTI) South African pacer Anrich Norkia is trying his best to regain the ‘old edge’ after returning from injury.

Norkia made a comeback in the Indian Premier League (IPL) last season after being away from cricket for six months due to injury after the T20 World Cup last year, but his bowling did not show the sharpness he is known for.

Before the last season of IPL, the pair of Kagiso Rabada and Norkia was considered as one of the most dangerous pair of this league. Due to Norkea’s excellent bowling, the Delhi team decided to retain him in place of the experienced Rabada, but after his return, his game was not the level for which he is known.

Norkea said on Thursday, “I haven’t reached that (pre-injury) level yet. I’m still working on improving it and trying to make up for a thing or two that’s missing. ,

“I am judging myself from the level of the game in last year’s IPL and T20 World Cup and trying to reach that level,” he said.

Ahead of the fourth T20 International against India, Norkia was seen practicing hard in the nets here to get accuracy. Dwayne Pretorius and spinner Tabrez Shamsi are also working hard with him.

When Norkia was asked why his bowling was lacking, he laughed and said, “If I had known, I would have improved by now. It is about small change. I try to keep things simple. I am working on something right now and let’s see how it turns out.

The 28-year-old bowler said, “It is not that I have completely lost my rhythm. It is about small improvements and I would like to correct it and get back to where it was before.

He said that the injury taught him many things.

He said, “It is very difficult because there is a limited number of things you can do after coming back from injury. You cannot bowl eight or nine overs in a row. These are challenging times and this will help in dealing with the injury in future.

Norkia is known for consistently bowling at 150 kmph and when asked about India’s new fast bowler Umran Malik, he said that he is not in any competition with fast bowling.

He said, “Malik is a good and fast bowler. He has shown it in the field. I am not in any competition in this matter, if I bowl fast then it is good but more important than that is to win matches.

When asked about the return of Quinton de Kock, who was injured in the opening match of the five-match series, he said, “I am not fully aware about it yet but he has started training. We will know about it by tonight or tomorrow morning.

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