They called him Zulu, a member of the warrior clan. On the pitch he was really that, whether it was pushing the beaters around with speed or returning the ball to the far corners.
Starting his career as a quick shooter who could leave hitters with bruised limbs and a battered ego, Lance Klusener, after injuries, threw efficient cutters.
With the bat, he was a destroyer and a game changer. A true blue all-rounder, Klusener, now 50, was.
Talk to The hindu, Klusener felt that the current South African team are going through a cycle. “It’s cyclical, there are times when you’re on top, and then you rebuild. The great players have retired. Not easy to fill their shoes.
Klusener added: “In two years, when this South African team has more experience, it could be a very different team. “
When asked why there are currently only a few true all-rounders in test cricket, Klusener replied: “Cricketers have to play three formats now and the workload can be heavy. This is probably the reason.
Asked about the current paced bowling allrounders he admired, Klusener said: “Ben Stokes and Hardik Pandya, if he can be injury free and play with pace.”
Kallis, the best
Klusener played exceptionally fast paced allrounder bowling. When asked who was the best, he observed: “Jacques Kallis without a doubt. He was an amazing hitter and a skillful pitcher with pace.
And who was the big hitter that the explosive Klusener admired the most? The South African replied: “MS Dhoni hit the ball hard. He’s probably not the toughest hitter of them all, but I liked the way he handled a chase, taking the game deep, running quickly between the wickets and throwing in the big punches just right. at the right time.
Klusener added: “It takes a lot of skill to do this.”
Sadly, Klusener was part of a moment that would forever haunt South African cricket.
He patted one on the ground and launched into the winning race of the 1999 World Cup semi-final against Australia and made his way, only to see the last man Allan Donald watch the ball, drop his bat and run away to the keeper’s wicket. ends with a tense climax filled with emotions.
“I want to forget about it. We haven’t had any luck in the ICC tournaments either. We were on the wrong side of the weather, lost on the run-rates. We have to win an ICC event to get rid of the monkey, ”Klusener said.
Talents in Afghanistan
He recently resigned as head coach of Afghanistan after taking office in 2019. “There is incredible talent there, and if there is consistency in the selection, there will be consistency in performance. “
Klusener is open to the work of coaching an IPL team. “I would love this challenge.”
Zulu has more to offer in the game.