Tsotsobe signs for Dolphins

2012-04-13 10:16

Johannesburg - The Dolphins have moved swiftly to offset the loss of Imran Tahir by securing the services of Proteas paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Leg-spinner Tahir is expected to continue his career with the Highveld Lions but left-armer Tsotsobe who, as a Cricket South Africa contracted player can nominate which franchise he wants to play for, is a more than capable replacement for the Dolphins.

The 28-year-old Tsotsobe joins from the Warriors, the franchise that he began his career with in 2004.

Tsotsobe has since established himself at one of the world’s most effective limited-overs bowlers and is currently the top-ranked bowler in the International Cricket Council’s bowler ratings for one-day international (ODI) cricket.

“From our side we wanted him to strengthen our bowling attack. Lopsy adds good depth and most importantly, strike-power,” Dolphins chief executive Jesse Chellan said on Friday.

“We have been trying to secure his services for a while now and we have finally done it,” he added.

One negative about Tsotsobe’s signing is that his playing opportunities in Durban will be severely curtailed by his international commitments with the Proteas.

South Africa’s international season this year kicks off proper, after a handful of T20 internationals against Zimbabwe, with a full tour of England from July until September.

The Proteas will barely have time to catch their breath before they play in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka before touring Australia while they will host New Zealand and Pakistan between December and March.

Tsotsobe may be an integral part of South Africa’s limited-overs teams but, while he is not a first choice in the test team, he was still part of the test squad that played against New Zealand in the recently completed series.

Chellan is well aware that Tsotsobe may not always be available for the Dolphins.

“We understand that he will not be with us for the entire season but he can also help to grow some of our young bowlers especially someone like (left-arm seamer) Mthokozisi Shezi.

“He is mainly involved in the one-day team and we hope that when SA play tests he will be available for us, especially when the Proteas are playing at home. We haven’t been that successful in four-day cricket and we would like him to play as much first-class cricket for us as possible,” said Chellan.


  • Topsy - 2012-04-13 10:19

    world no. 1 odi bowler . . . what a signing!

  • Rob - 2012-04-13 11:28

    And just how many games will he be available for ?

      Gunner - 2012-04-13 14:36

      When SA play tests

  • Dawood - 2012-04-13 11:42

    he'll walk into the test side with ease...give him the oppurtunity.....the selectors need their heads checked...or maybe its ulterior motives on their part.

      Rob - 2012-04-13 11:47

      Oh, here we go again. Steyn, Philander, Morkel & De Lange are streets ahead of him as attacking wicket taking bowlers. He is fortunate to even make the one day side. Merit @ international level is the correct criteria for selection in representing your country. Get your head out of your backside Dawood.

      Ndira - 2012-04-13 12:04

      get yo head out of yo backside Rob you're talking about the no 1 one day bowler here, his only competition in the proteas side is philander

      David - 2012-04-13 12:05

      Lopsy is not a Test bowler. He's perfect for the shorter format and that's why he's the number one ODI bowler. You do know how Test cricket works? I think that IPL has eroded your cricket knowledge

      Gunner - 2012-04-13 14:42

      David : So what has De lange achieved to be a test bowler?. I still feel Lopsy needs to be given another chance at test level but we all know that will not happen, dont we David & Rob???

      Zimbobwe - 2012-04-13 15:00

      Oh shut it Rob man the reason he is not playing at the moment is he got injured and Vernon took his chances. Lopsy is different to the other bowlers because he doesn't have pace but the brains to take wickets like Shaun Pollock. De Lange is just like Andre Nel big and imposing but zero talent.

      David - 2012-04-13 15:16

      Ok retards listen up. The requirements of ODI and Test cricket are different. ODI's are about limiting the score and dot balls are golden. Test cricket is about getting wickets and because of the length of a Test match, the player can leave the ball and wait for the bad balls. Because the batsman needs to play the ball in ODI's, slight variation with get you wickets and that is why Lopsy has been so good in ODI cricket. The Test bowler needs to be a strike bowler, to force the wickets. De Lange is our quickest bowler, easily reaching 150km/h. What has De Lange achieved to become a Test bowler? How about his 8 wickets on Test debut against Sri Lanka in Durban. Lopsy is a fantastic bowler and we are lucky to have him. If any of the current players get injured I'd love to see him get a crack at Test level. But unless Lopsy can develop the same control and accuracy that Philander gets, he doesn't have the strike power to consistently perform at Test level. I would love to be proven wrong on this one. I don't dislike Lopsy, I do rate him. He's far better than Parnell. If you are implying that he won't get a chance because of race Gunner, then why has Tsolokile been given a contract and the gloves after Boucher? Grow up. Go find some Mini Cricket to watch, that's about your level.

      Melvin - 2012-04-13 15:17

      @gunner de lange took 7 wickets on his debut against sri lanka, and 5 wickets against australia for South Africa A in a 3 day warmup! that proves that he has the ability to excel as a bowler in test match cricket. correct me if im wrong but tsotsobe has never achieved a 5 wicket haul in test cricket. tsotsobe is without question a quality one day bowler, but i believe in the test match format that he isn't good enough to make the proteas side (and it seems like Gary Kirsten agrees with me)

      Melvin - 2012-04-13 15:27

      @Zimbobwe de lange has zero talent? what is that statement based on exactly? de lange got 7/81 on test debut, 4/49 on ODI debut and won a t20 game for the proteas in just his second game. Not to mention he also took a pile of wickets in his debut season for the titans in both the 1 day cup and the supersport series this year. would love to see you try face de lange in the nets with him bowling over 145km per hour - would like to see try and say how he has zero talent after that!

  • Ndira - 2012-04-13 12:05

    haters will but keep shining Lobsy

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