The freedom given to the players to play freely by Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting inspired fast bowler Enrique Norkhia and hence he was able to bowl the fastest ball in IPL history. This is to say that Vijay Dahiya, the head of the team’s Talent Scout team.
South Africa’s Norkhia bowled at a speed of 156.2 kmph in the match played against the Garageasthan Royals at Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday, which is the fastest ball in IPL history.
Speaking to IANS from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dahiya said, "One word that floats in our team is freedom. You give people the freedom to play freely and play confidently on the field."
Former wicketkeeper of the Indian team said, "From day one, Ponting has insisted that we give our batsmen and bowlers the freedom to play freely. Norkhias, naturally put on briskness. There are no such instructions that you should put a sharp one. You cannot ask everyone to pour fast. If you have a natural pace then obviously you will want to put it."
Nortje, playing his first IPL, is doing the same. He came into the Delhi team after withdrawing from the league of Chris Woakes of England in the Delhi Capitals. He was in Kolkata Knight Riders last year but could not play due to a shoulder injury.
Dahiya said, "When you bring a replacement you see some things. Speed is one thing, but you know that he is also an international player. The management was watching them. Everyone knows they have speed. When you look at the pace, you see the full fast bowler."
Norkhia made his international debut in all three formats last year. He shone in his country’s Manjasi Super League (MSL) playing with the Cape Town Blitz.
This player has been struggling with injuries. He used to play rugby earlier but left the game after being injured at 17 years. After this he has been battling injuries throughout his cricketer career. That is why he did not play IPL last year.
Dahiya said that how much emphasis is placed on fitness depends on the player. Dahiya praised Norkhia’s hard work.
Dahiya said, "The good thing was that due to the Kovid-19 Delhi camp was three weeks, you get the rhythm in it. The way Norkhia works is fantastic. It brings confidence in them. They have done well Due to Kovid you got a chance to focus on your fitness. There was no cricket in the last six months, so you got a full chance to recover strongly."