CPL has helped me improve as a bowler - Marchant de Lange
South African pacer Marchant de Lange, who represents Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), feels that the tournament has helped him to become a better bowler.
De Lange pointed out the complexity of the varying conditions and pitches on offer in the Caribbean, and further revealed that he has been able to add new tricks to his bowling repertoire.
“I think it’s been a good learning curve with the different pitches,” said de Lange.
“I’m learning to bowl on these different pitches.
“Although these are slower tracks, I think it’s a good experience for me to adapt my game to various conditions.”
The fact that he has been able to find a regular place in the XI is another factor that de Lange feels has helped his cause to gain confidence as a bowler.
“I usually play games but never continuously.
“But in this tournament I’ve got that chance to play continuous matches and I’m actually learning a lot.”
Coming back from injury into the 2015 CPL season, de Lange is satisfied with the way his bowling has panned out in the matches so far, having picked up a four-wicket haul against Trinidad on Tuesday.
With Guyana slated to play the all-important eliminator against the same opponents on Saturday, de Lange is pumped up for the big encounter.
“It’s the first time that I had couple of games continuously after my injury.
“It’s been good so far and I can’t wait for the game tomorrow.”
The 24-year-old admits that the presence of fellow South African David Wiese in the squad gives him a feeling of comfort.
Having known the all-rounder since their early cricketing days, dde Lange explained the impact Wiese has had on him even in the CPL.
“It’s always good having a fellow player from back home.
“We have played from amateur cricket together right up to franchise cricket.
“It’s been good. Since he came in, he’s been doing well for us in the bowling department.
“He knows me well and my bowling.
“On the field he keeps talking to me about my game.”
De Lange also stated that the experience of being involved with franchise cricket across the globe has helped him a lot although he hasn't always got the opportunity to play for the teams.
The wiry pacer was part of the Mumbai Indians squad this year in the Indian Premier League but couldn't find a regular place in the starting XI due to the presence of more established overseas players.
“I have got good experience being around the players in the IPL and even here most of the guys have got good knowledge.
“On the slower pitches here, it’s been a good challenge for me to vary my pace and learn to get wickets. So the tournament has helped me to evolve as a bowler.”
De Lange refused to speculate too much when asked if his performances in the CPL will help him towards earning a comeback for the South African side especially with the World T20 coming up next year.
While he maintains that playing for his country is his ultimate goal, he is not willing to look too far ahead.
“At this moment, I’m not thinking about the national side.
“I’m just taking it game by game.
“I’m trying to learn from the previous game going into the next one.
“It’ll be awesome being part of the national squad playing the World Cup.
“That’s always been one of my big goals.
“To play consistent international cricket, I’d love to be part of the national squad.”
With the 2015 season of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge in South Africa slated to take off in November, de Lange appears thrilled at the prospect of being back home.
De Lange, who represents the Titans in the tournament, exuded confidence about his team’s chances in the tournament.
“We’ve got a good squad this year.
“Some youngsters coming through and a really good squad.
“I’m really excited to go home and play and I’m hoping to use whatever little knowledge I’ve gained here to help the youngsters back home.”
De Lange has appeared in two Tests and three One-Day Internationals for South Africa while also being a part of five Twenty20 Internationals.
Marchant de Lange is playing for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League. The Biggest Party in Sport runs from 20th June to 26th July.
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