Cape Town - Lonwabo Tsotsobe became the fastest South African to take 50
ODI wickets with his match performance of 3 for 51 in the fourth Sunfoil ODI
against Sri Lanka in Kimberley on Friday.
The previous holder of the record was
Morne Morkel who took 31 matches, with Tsotsobe’s 27 matches also making him
the eighth quickest in the world.
“I have been working really hard on my bowling during my
rehabilitation after my side-strain and I am really happy that my hard work is
producing good performances on the field, said an excited Tsotsobe.
“I must say that this record came as a surprise to me, i
have just been focusing on hitting the correct lengths and running in with
intensity and intent.”
Tsotsobe also has an impressive strike rate, which rates
amongst the best in the world. He is also the joint leading wicket-taker
with 9 wickets at an average of 17.00 in the current series against Sri Lanka,
with Lasith Malinga the other leading wicket-taker, however he has a higher
average of 18.77.
Proteas bowling coach, Allan Donald, is ecstatic with
Tsotsobe’s performance so far this season: “The most impressive thing about him
is how his skill and confidence have improved over the past years. It’s never
easy to come back in after a long lay-off and he has made the transition
superbly. He has been fantastic for us in the limited overs format, especially
with his clever variations under pressure.
“He has stepped into the new-ball role perfectly, and that
says a lot about his ability and skills. He is a valuable asset in our Test
outfit and he adds and exciting element to our formidable attack which also
includes Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Marchant de Lange.”