South African fast bowler Gerald Coetzee made a memorable entrance onto the T20 international scene by dismissing Australia’s Josh Inglis with a remarkable dipping yorker, a challenging delivery to execute. This feat occurred during the second ball of the sixth over.
Inglis, who had previously attempted a lap shot and missed, decided to drive this delivery, which initially appeared to be a full toss aimed at the middle stump. However, the ball was delivered slower than Inglis anticipated, causing it to dip and sneak past his bat, hitting the base of the stumps.
The delivery resembled the kind that renowned bowlers like Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah would take pride in. Executing such slower deliveries with precise length control is no easy task. While aiming for the yorker, the risk of delivering a full-toss or a half-volley is considerable. The bowler’s wrist strength plays a crucial role in deceiving the batter with rapid arm movement.
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Coetzee’s skill has been evident across various franchise cricket leagues around the world. His recent performance in Major League Cricket, where he secured eight wickets in five matches for the Texas Super Kings with an average of 15.75, underscores his talent.
He was even linked to the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2023 as a potential replacement for Kyle Jamieson, following his injury. Although he had worked as a net bowler for the team, Coetzee didn’t make the final cut. However, if he maintains his current form, a call-up in 2024 seems highly plausible.
Coetzee’s first T20I wicket came during a maiden over, a crucial breakthrough when Australia was scoring at an impressive rate of 14 runs per over. Subsequently, Australia regained momentum, driven by Mitchell Marsh’s aggressive innings and Tim David’s 64 off 28 balls.
In the three-match series, Australia took a 1-0 lead by amassing 226 for six in their 20 overs, setting the highest score at Kingsmead. In response, South Africa struggled and was limited to 115 all out, failing to establish a substantial partnership.