Cape Town - Proteas leg-spinner Imran Tahir says he has no secret to success other than implementing clear plans that he has worked on at training.
The 36-year-old bowled a pivotal spell to stem the runs
after a strong onslaught from Australia’s batsmen in the opening T20 International
at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Friday, and has been a standout x-factor option
with the ball with crucial breakthroughs this summer.
His 3/21 followed his man of the series performance against England - encouraging
signs ahead of the ICC World T20 in India in a few weeks.
"As a bowler there are many
times where I bowled a good ball and never got a wicket," he said of the full
toss to dismiss Aaron Finch.
"I will take that international wicket any day
even though it was a full toss. The good and satisfying thing for me is the way
I bowled after that, I didn’t bowl any bad balls, that was pleasing.
look at the bad balls and put myself under pressure, in T20 cricket if you get
one or two wickets that changes the game very quickly.
"I am the type of bowler who
goes into the match with clear plans and goals of what I need to do. I try to work out the opposition batsmen, and work hard in the nets
and see where I can succeed, especially in T20 and limited-overs cricket."
Last night’s man of the
match, David Miller, says he will have to start from zero as the squad aims for
the series in the second match at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
says it’s has been a frustrating few months due to a lean run with the bat
and he was relieved to have taken the team over the line under pressure.
score over fifty was at the ICC Cricket World Cup over a year ago and last
night’s display of his finishing prowess was a timely confidence boost to
affirm his role in the team.
"It was nice to be back in
the runs," he said.
"Getting another game for your country is always awesome, I
really enjoyed the opportunity. I had a bit of time to bat, there was a lot of
pressure on me but I enjoyed the moment, especially playing in front of my home
"It’s just one innings and in the next match I’m going to
have to start on zero. It’s all about momentum going into that World Cup and as
a team we have done well over the last couple of months. Personally, it’s
special to perform and win the game and to take it home for the boys."