One of the reasons for the Delhi Capitals’ highly successful campaign in IPL 2020 was Anrich Nortje’s pace bowling. The speedster rattled opposition with his express pace and gave the edge to Delhi’s bowling unit. This express pace is exactly what Delhi missed against Rajasthan Royals in their previous match in IPL 2021 as they failed to defend a modest total. So the team management and the fans are desperately awaiting for Nortje’s return to the team. And the good news is that there is a an official update on his availability.
In a video posted by Delhi Capitals’ official Twitter handle, the right-arm pace bowler has announced his arrival.
Nortje said in the video, “Main aa gaya hoon (I have returned).”
When asked about his thoughts on re-joining the camp, he said that it was nice to see everyone at breakfast. The Proteas bowler said that, finally, he is out of his room, and excited to get to training today. He also stated that he is looking forward to get to the stadium.
Nortje had arrived to India along with his South African teammates to participate in the IPL 2021. However, he was reported to be Covid positive and hence was isolated. But it turned out to be a false positive as he has tested negative thrice after that and is now part of DC’s team bubble.
You can watch the video here:
Avesh Khan’s five wickets in 2 games meant Delhi’s pace bowling unit was in good hands in the first two games. Chris Woakes too used the new ball effectively. Now the availability of K Rabada and A Nortje will further bolster Delhi’s bowling arsenal.
The South-African pacer claimed 22 wickets in 16 games in the last season. He had an impressive strike rate of 16.63 and regularly breached the 140 kmph mark to trouble the batsmen.
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