South African quick Duanne Olivier, who made his first game for South Africa in nearly three years after his forced return from England, said playing the second test against India felt like a “first game. “.
The 29-year-old, who signed a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire in 2019 but only to return to the South African national tour this season, returned with 3/64 as India was eliminated for 202 in 63, 1 overs on the first day of the second test. .
To be honest when I played today I felt like it was a new start. You can tell I was very nervous today, ” Olivier said during a media interaction after the day one debates.
Olivier opened his account with the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara, then sent Ajinkya Rahane struggling for a golden duck on the next ball to run to his 50 wickets in Test cricket.
For me, it’s just about trying to have good energy on the ball, to put the team in the best position. So we can make life easier for hitters. On top of the world in 2019, Olivier signed the Kolpak deal with Yorkshire and then expressed his ambitions to try and qualify for England.
Olivier played three seasons in England but was no longer a Kolpak player with the loophole ended at the end of 2020 following Brexit.
He has been the main wicket taker in South Africa’s first class domestic competition this season with 28 wickets at an under-12 average.
But the heavily built pacemaker had to stay out of the first test at Centurion due to the lingering effects of COVID-19 and also a hamstring problem.
Lungi Nigdi gave him perfect support but only threw 11 overs, without any wickets.
I don’t know why he only threw 11 overs. I can’t tell you but I think he was unlucky, he was bowling exceptionally well.
“It’s one of those days when you don’t get the rewards for playing well. There’s still the second round, maybe he’ll get the rewards then. ” Asked about their bowling unit’s transformation since the first test, he said, “ If you look at the first test, as that a bowling unit on day one, I don’t think we can be proud of that. If you want to be hypercritical, we probably gave 20 to 30 strokes too many.
The message was simple, just try to get them to play more and stick to the plan, to stick to the process that makes us successful as a bowling unit.
In the end, it’s easy to say we didn’t perform well in the first test. It was our first test after a long time, but no apologies. We have improved, we want to improve more. We don’t settle for anything, ” he concluded.
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