Written by: Dave Macleod
Dolphins ready to hit the ground running
Durban – As cricket eases closer to the start of the domestic season
with the CSA 4-Day Domestic Series, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins have
spent the uncertain lockdown period honing their red ball skills, and
Dolphins coach Imraan Khan believes his staff and players found a good
way to approach their preparation.
“The attitudes of the guys have been fantastic, they have been working
extremely hard,” Khan said.
“The lockdown presented us with a nice opportunity to train in a
different way with the smaller groups and upskill the players as well
through this long pre-season.
“We’ve had an opportunity to work on specific skills that we feel we can
improve on as a team so it’s been a good period for us and now we can go
into specific four day cricket skills and training.”
The CSA 4-Day Domestic Series has traditionally always been the
competition that opens the new season and it appears that the players
are preparing to start with the red ball campaign. Having that to work
towards now gives the players and coaches more of a stream-lined focus.
“It’s always better when you know what you are working towards,” Khan
commented. “Knowing that we have a new season on the horizon has given
us good clarity in terms of how we want to prepare and lead up into the
first game of the campaign.”
The Dolphins have recruited the likes of Ruan de Swart for the upcoming
season and will have the likes of Eathan Bosch back in the mix along
with Keshav Maharaj, Prenelan Subrayen and Senuran Muthusamy to give the
side a number of all-rounder options.
“The one thing this union has been blessed with over the last few years
is a number of quality all-rounders to pick from.
“If you look back over the seasons we’ve had good seam bowling all-rounders
and now with our spin bowling all-rounders we have many options. Long
may that continue!
“It’s great to have Eathan (Bosch) back in the mix, he was missed last
season in four day cricket and we are looking forward to having a full
squad available for that first game,” Khan added.
After finishing last season with the One Day Cup trophy, Khan is hoping
that the side can carry that belief and confidence into the new season.
“We always knew that we had the ability but the mental switch from the
guys last season was fantastic.
“The guys have built on that through the winter and the culture and the
environment is strong at the moment and that always bodes well going
into a new season,” the coach mentioned.
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins coach Imraan Khan believes that despite the
unusual off-season and pre-season his team are in a good space for when
they do begin the new CSA 4-Day Domestic Series campaign.
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