The 24-year-old is one of the more priceless assets in the shortest form of the game – the out-and-out strike bowler that can decimate within those important power play overs. But it’s an approach that requires unequivocal backing because it can be high risk one too.
“There’s little point being labelled a strike bowler if you’re not going to go out and purposely look for wickets,” said Viljoen this week. “The quicker you’re going to wickets, the quicker the batting side is put under immense pressure.”
Pragmatists will argue that if your enforcer won’t receive the necessary assistance from conditions, he might be required to assume a different role yet Viljoen doesn’t believe he should be focusing on containment.
“I’m employed to snaffle wickets upfront. At the moment I don’t think I’m going to be of much use if I’m a containment option. If you fall into that mindset, you’d bowl at 135 km/h, which removes the X-factor from your game because you usually bowl much faster,” he said.
“Naturally you have a plan B if you need haul things back during an over but it doesn’t change your overall plan.” He’s also relishing a potential designated death overs gig. “There’s a shortage of good exponents in that regard at national level.
“I think this is an ideal space to stake a claim in that skill too.”