The diminutive Protea had to defend himself again after subtly being criticised for batting too slowly in the 2nd T20 against India.
Enoch Nkwe’s term as interim team director starts off on a false note as a disjointed combination struggles in Mohali.
The skillful seamer, who controversially went the Kolpak route in 2017, ended the match with an incredible 17 wickets, the best first-class haul since 1956.
The lanky quick has a good reason for dampening expectations.
He seems typically chilled about it, but it’s unlikely that jittery supporters feel the same way as India lie in wait.
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‘New’ Bavuma listens to the voice, not the noise
And it’s led to the ‘pigeonholed’ Proteas stalwart potentially making a deserved if somewhat unexpected T20 international debut.

It turns out free-spirited Quinny is a ‘quiet’, philosophical captain

Given that he’s the dynamic wicketkeeper-batter’s deputy for the T20 series against India, you have to believe Rassie van der Dussen.

No Faf, no fuss for Proteas

Team director Enoch Nkwe acknowledges the value of South Africa’s veteran, but says it’s now time to believe in the next generation.

Simon Harmer: Proteas have ‘lost’ the best off-spinner in the world … myself

And three other interesting things the controversial five-Test player said in a frank, insightful interview in the UK.

Amol who? Meet the Proteas’ batting guru for the Tests agains India

Team director Enoch Nkwe had said previously that the national side wanted a local batting mentor for Indian conditions.

CSA fiddle with constitution to keep Nenzani as president

The administrator’s roles on vital ICC committees could be a reason for the course of action as other bigwigs insist the governing body isn’t bankrupt.

Nkwe prefers not having all his eggs in one basket

The new interim Proteas team director has currently only worked with a third of his squad for India, but he actually prefers it.

Proteas stars need to believe, says ‘Zulu’

Lance Klusener did things fairly simply as a player. Now he wants to teach the new crop of national cricket heroes to do so.

Dwaine: Proteas will look at MSL for T20 picks

There’s the small matter of a World T20 next year…

Mzansi Super League draft – The Finishers

Like a flyhalf, T20 cricket requires a nerveless, precise finisher to clinch a tight game. Who’ll be the best in that regard this season?

A quick guide to the Mzansi Super League squads

Consolidation and renewal are mixed as various franchises press the reset button … sort of.

‘Zulu’ wants to bring the fire back to new-look Proteas

The legendary all-rounder, who’ll be a temporary batting coach for the national side, detected a lack of passion during the poor World Cup campaign.

‘Zulu’ to mentor Proteas batters in India

Interim team director Enoch Nkwe’s support staff for the tour of India also features some familiar faces.

Benkenstein blasts ‘unwise’ CSA for Gibson sacking

The former Proteas batting coach also finds it ironic that the governing body won’t judge Enoch Nkwe on one tour to India.

Nkwe a ‘meticulous’ thinker, says excited Rassie

More support for the new Proteas interim team director, from a man expected to form a crucial part of his plans.


 


 

 


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