Cape Town - Proteas and Cape Cobras off-spinner Dane Piedt is slowly but surely starting to regain confidence.
“This is the best I have felt mentally and physically since taking those 45 wickets in the 2013/2014-season and capturing eight for 152 on debut for South Africa,” commented Piedt.
Piedt was one of the Cape Cobras slow bowlers who attended the national camp for spinners earlier this month.
Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach and a former South African wrist spinner, was one of the coaches who attended the camp, while Nicky Boje, former Proteas left-arm spinner, also shared his expertise at the camp.
“I am landing the ball consistently, and the strengthening of my shoulder in the off-season has paid off,” said Piedt.
He admitted that the career-threatening injury and shoulder surgery he had last season, left a few psychological scars which healed slowly.
He had some self-doubts that tormented him for a part of the season.
He was concerned that he might injure himself again, or that his shoulder won’t last a full day.
But he has exorcised those ghosts and feels as good now as a year or so ago when he took those 45 Sunfoil Series wickets for the then domestic four-day champions, the Cape Cobras (in 2013/2014), and subsequently took eight for 152 on debut against Zimbabwe.
Piedt says it is an honour to represent South Africa A, and his premier goal is to pressurise batsmen into making fatal errors against his immaculate and probing line and length which doesn’t allow any free boundaries.
If the 25-year old spinner can produce a series of good performances and weave his magic against what is expected to be an Indian top-order of international class, it would bode well for South Africa in future.