Adapting to the conditions is the mantra for Dale Steyn while bowling on sub-continent wickets.
“In South Africa you can sometimes get away with bad balls because of the extra bounce, but here in India the bounce is missing so you have to tinker with your bowling.
“You have to keep the batsman guessing,” he said after an extensive net session at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium, ahead of South Africa’s tie against Netherlands on Thursday.
“You have to vary your length and also your pace. If you bowl at one spot and one pace the guys can pick you easily. In the match against West Indies, I bowled some cutters in the second over bringing down my pace from 140km plus to some thing around 120 and it helped,” he said.
Styen also seems to be happy with the more pace-friendly wicket of the PCA Stadium.
“Yes, the stats say it is more pace friendly than the others but I haven’t had a look at the wicket.
“Last time, I played here during IPL, the ball was skidding at night. But this being a day game, I don’t know how it will behave,” he said.
The pacer also allayed fears of injury and said the team was fit and rearing to go.
“We have slight niggles but nothing too serious. I got hurt after colliding with Graeme Smith the other day but I think every player will be available for selection for this match. We will go in full strength,” he said.
Apart from Steyn, the Proteas have JP Duminy and spinner Imran Tahir carrying minor injuries. While Duminy is under observation, Tahir seems to have recovered from respiratory infection. Both players were present at the nets session amid overcast conditions.
Led by all-rounder Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla, Smith and AB de Villiers batted close to an hour.
In the bowling department, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne Morkel sweated it out. Tahir had a quiet session, sending down just few deliveries.