Anrich’s cruise is his X-factor


In 2022, Anrich Nortjé was virtually unplayable when the T20 World Cup was hosted in Australia. The Protea blitz made batsmen stand out and took 11 wickets at a spectacular average of 8.54.

Moreover, he conceded just over five runs per over. It was indeed a remarkable performance.

But the 30-year-old fast bowler is now getting the wind from the front since he made his comeback from a lower back injury.

Nortjé could only take seven wickets in six matches in the Indian Premier League, while batsmen scored more than 13 runs per over from his bowling.

He struggled to make a difference in the colors of the Delhi Capitals and the Mumbai Indians’ Romario Shepherd, for example, smashed 32 runs from one of his overs.

Nortjé is still considered one of South Africa’s fastest bowlers and a season or two ago he was the Proteas’ top player in a disastrous tour to Australia.

It is precisely his cruise that booked his ticket to the West Indies and the USA for the T20 World Cup.

However, in the recent warm-up matches against the very Windies, the batsmen again thrashed him wildly and awake.

Still, Rob Walter believes that Nortjé will soon be firing on all cylinders again – after all, speed is an X-factor that few players possess.

“Anrich also has an excellent slower delivery and I believe he can be a danger on different pitches,” said the Proteas’ white-ball cricket coach.

His main role in the team is to take wickets.

“I don’t think he is that far away from his best level of play. He is a top-quality fast bowler who finds a way to overcome challenges.”