Anrich Nortje, South Africa bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Surprise pick Nortje would look to make most of opportunity

Nortje goes to the 2019 World Cup not as a member of the first-choice XI, but there will be plenty of confidence in him to make the best of whatever opportunities come his way.

Telford Vice, Apr 30, 2019 17:24:04 IST

As recently as March, the thought of Anrich Nortje winning a place in South Africa’s World Cup squad would have been a mildly amusing diversion from reality. He had made a decent start to the Mzansi Super League in November, taking eight wickets in three games, before an ankle injury laid him low — taking him out of the 2019 Indian Premier League in the process.

File picture of Anrich Nortje. Twitter @ICC

File picture of Anrich Nortje. Twitter @ICC

But why would a team like South Africa, who invariably have more fast bowlers to choose from than they could ever use, need him? It seems the selectors wanted a serious answer to that question, so they picked him for the ODI series against Sri Lanka.

On his debut, at the Wanderers on 3 March, he followed taking his maiden wicket with a maiden over — the 46th of the innings. He took seven more scalps in the other three games he played in the series, and went for more than a run a ball only once in the four matches.

Still, that didn’t seem enough for Nortje to crack the World Cup nod with selection panel who had shown a penchant for erring on the side of conservatism. Perhaps coach Ottis Gibson’s more attacking philosophy played a role in him being picked for the global showpiece.

Unusually for a modern cricketer, Nortje holds a B Com degree. Rather more usually, particularly for those who shoot for the stars at 150 kilometres an hour, as he does, he has had more than his fair of injuries. Indeed, he was out with a shoulder problem when the World Cup squad was announced.

Those who have known Nortje since his school days speak of a player equal parts modesty and confidence. He wouldn’t have talked up his chances of being given his chance to show what he can do on the biggest white-ball stage of all, but he would have believed he could make a success of it.

Nortje goes to the 2019 World Cup, not as a member of the first-choice XI, but there will be plenty of confidence in him to make the best of whatever opportunities come his way.

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Updated Date: Apr 30, 2019 18:02:23 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
Australia 6 5 1 0 10
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 6 4 2 0 8
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Bangladesh 6 2 3 1 5
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 6 0 6 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254