South Africa doesn’t rely heavily on few players

South African all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius single handedly carried the momentum in the 2nd ODI against New Zealand.

Having played 6 ODIs till now, Pretorius wants to be deemed as a player who can both bat and ball under any circumstance. "I'd like to contribute in both aspects of the game. I do pride myself on my batting a lot, as well as my bowling. I put in a lot of work in both facets of the game. Hopefully people will start seeing me as a 50-50 (allrounder) and I can just keep adding value to the team, which is the most important thing for me." "Obviously I've gained a lot of confidence (from this innings). It was my second opportunity to bat and it's great to contribute to the team," opined Pretorius. "At the end of the day, we all play for the team and for the country, and we want to do well for the country. And for me to do well for the country is awesome. I've worked my whole life to get to this stage and it's awesome to just contribute. I'm just going to keep working hard and hopefully if the days stay my days, we'll see what happens in the future.

"I just think they realised they needed to execute their skills and it was basically a skill contest from thereon," Pretorius said about New Zealand's death bowling. "Four overs to go, we needed about 10 runs an over with one wicket or two wickets in hand. It's still probably their game to lose then, and with the experience they have with Southee and Boult, they should back themselves to defend that."

Speaking about the upcoming ICC events, he said, "The 2019 World Cup is obviously the target for everyone and most of the senior players. What I like about the set-up now, since I've been involved, it's that the team doesn't rely heavily on one or two players. They rely on everyone to contribute. That's been the key in the last 12 games that we've played really well. It's the team that contributes, not just one or two players. If everyone can keep contributing like they are doing now, if a big player has an off-day and someone else steps up, then we're going to really play good cricket all over the world."


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