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Anand Subramaniam in Sharjah 27 April 2014 - 09:13pm IST

Wayne Parnell - Version 2.0

Delhi Daredevils pacer speaks about maturing with time and making most of opportunities

When Wayne Parnell made his ODI debut, he was still in his teens. He was lean, quick and was considered to be one of the biggest prospects in the pace department for South Africa. Since then, Parnell has had a rollercoaster journey. Like many fast bowlers, he has been marred by inconsistency and injuries that kept him out of cricket. He made his Test debut in 2010, only to don the whites again four years later.

Parnell insists he has matured with time, has battled the tide of the past and plans to keep a steady head on his shoulders. He claims that he is enjoying his stint with his new IPL franchise – Delhi Daredevils – where players play for the ‘badge’ rather than playing for themselves. After his economical spell against Mumbai Indians on Sunday, the fast bowler was kind enough to chat with IPLT20.com. Here, Parnell talks about bowling patterns in the Delhi Daredevils, his conversations with fellow pacers, Jaydev Unadkat and Mohammed Shami, and the calmness their captain Kevin Pietersen brings to the dressing room. 

Excerpts from his interview:

The team would be happy to end the UAE leg on a high.


It is nice to get some momentum going in to India. I feel we have been playing really good cricket over the past few games. Most of our losses in the tournament have been close, barring the game against Chennai Super Kings where we were outplayed.

What kind of chats do you have with your fast bowling partners, Mohammed Shami and Jaydev Unadkat?

I was actually speaking to one of the owners the other day. He mentioned to me that the Delhi Daredevils play for the badge and not for themselves. As a collective bowling unit, we share information. We feel that the information sharing between bowlers is vital because you have a mix of international players and local Indian players playing in the opposition. The constant sharing of information between us helps us perform well as a unit.

Are there different roles for different bowlers in the Daredevils bowling line-up?

We do what the captain needs from us. We haven’t really got a set pattern to our bowling. Most teams have certain bowlers bowling in certain areas. Usually, I have bowled in the powerplays and then bowled towards the back-end of the game. In the last two games, I have mixed it up and bowled in both situations and also in the middle overs, which is something different for me. It is all about executing those different roles for me and the other bowlers, which will augur well for the team.

How is it bowling under Kevin Pietersen’s captaincy?

It is wonderful. Kevin Pietersen brings his own energy to the team and his calmness rubs off on the other players. If you have a calm captain, you have a calm team as well. Having confidence helps you and having the backing of the support staff and the captain is massive for any cricketer. Everyone wants to be backed by the leaders, and I feel I have that backing.

You have a reputation of bowling quick. What is the reason behind you bowling slower these days?

I was speaking to Gary Kirsten earlier regarding the pace I have to bowl. Normally, I bowl close to 130-140 kph, but today on this surface, it was crucial to take the pace off the ball rather than getting more pace on the ball. Even if you are bowling fast, you have to be smart enough to realise that it might not be the best option. I bowled 90 percent slower balls, which I am not quite used to doing, but it obviously worked.

Fast bowlers are bowling slower and the spinners are bowling faster. Is this due to the nature of the T20 format?

The batsmen have become really good over the past couple of seasons. You have to be a clever bowler in this format of the game, and I have realised it will help you. I feel assessing the wicket is the most important asset, and if you can use that well, you will do well.

You have been through a lot of ups and downs in your international career. Have you matured with time?

Over the last 12 to 16 months, after being out of the national team, I went back to domestic cricket and put up some decent performances to get back into the South African side. I have also learnt to wait for my chances and do well for the team when I do get a chance. You have the likes of Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn in the pace attack for South Africa, and for me as a young guy, I have to hang in there and perform well when I am required.

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