IPL 2020: 'Shami's exceptional,' says KXIP bowling coach

Updated: 14 September, 2020 07:42 IST | IANS | Kolkata

KXIP bowling coach Charl Langeveldt reckons India pacer's work ethic is an example for youngsters; lauds speedster for setting high training standards

KXIP speedster Mohammed Shami. Pic/AFP
KXIP speedster Mohammed Shami. Pic/AFP

Mohammed Shami sets an example in training with his top notch work rate and that is one of the major reasons for his success, feels Kings XI Punjab bowling coach Charl Langeveldt. hami, who turned 30 this month, was Kings XI Punjab's top wicket- taker last season. In international cricket, Shami is currently one of the best fast bowlers and has been one of the main weapons for India captain Virat Kohli in the last few years. "It's his work rate [that impresses me the most]. From Day One he came hereā€¦he brought energy to the team," former South Africa seamer Langeveldt said from Dubai.

'No complaints'

"He sets standards when it comes to training. That is the key for me. He has been exceptional when it comes down to training. No complaints. He manages his workload very well. He can assess his own bowling. I think his work rate sets an example for younger bowlers," added Langeveldt who has played six Tests, 72 ODIs and nine T20s for South Africa.

KXIP bowling coach Charl Langeveldt
KXIP bowling coach Charl Langeveldt

Shami had told IANS a few days ago that workload management will be the key in hot and humid conditions of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). "The heat is bearable now. We had one or two day of practice sessions which were challenging. It has cooled down a bit, but not a lot," Langeveldt said. "For us, the key is to manage the workload. Typically in a tournament, per week bowlers would bowl around 80-120 balls. If they go higher, then it's a concern so we try and monitor that...the amount of balls they bowl per week."

Langeveldt, 45, also said that young pacers in the team need to step up when needed, as squad depth would be the key for a tournament like the IPL. "We have got a good bowling attack. Shami is exceptional. He was the leading wicket-taker [for us] last time. So we got a good variety and that is the key. It is also important to have depth in your squad.

"You need your younger players also to be up to speed in terms of what we want to achieve as a bowling unit. Like an Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan [Nalkande]...to work at the same level and make sure they are ready if there are injuries. They also have to play depending on the team balance. "So for me, the key is to get them match-fit so that they can play in any conditions," said Langeveldt. Langeveldt was also all praise for head coach Anil Kumble and skipper KL Rahul, saying both lead by example.

'Kumble's a great leader'

"I have known Anil from playing against him. He is a great leader. He knows when to push the players and when to not push them. Rahul sets high standards. He leads by example with his work rate. He doesn't complain a lot. We spoke about last season. We need to take wickets and not just contain. That will bring the run-rate down and put the opposition under pressure. That also makes it easy at the back end. So, we need to take wickets up front," he pointed out. Talking about the current South African pace attack with Kagiso Rabada as the leader of the pack, Langeveldt said the rebuilding phase will take time and the young pacers need more exposure.

"We are in a rebuilding phase. A guy like Anrich Nortje is developing his skill. It will be great to see how he goes. We have few young guys coming up. South Africa needs to give these guys chances. We need to play a lot more 'A' side games. It's just to speed them up to international cricket. They need to be thrown into the deep end. It won't be easy and it will take time."

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First Published: 14 September, 2020 07:23 IST

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