Having bowled a fine spell of 3 for 45 for South Africa during the second game of the ongoing 5-match ODI series in Sri Lanka, Andile Phehlukwayo has said that he is relishing the challenge of bowling in the end overs for his country. Being the fifth bowler of the side, Andile turned his fortunes around in the series, after conceding 30 from 3 overs in the first game at Dambulla and made a mark by helping his country take a 2-0 lead at the same ground.
Andile showed excellent end overs skills and executed them to perfection but he gave credit to this turn around for some of the clear inputs he received from the head coach Ottis Gibson.
Speaking after the match, Gibson said, "Personally, I went back to look at the footage with the coach to see if there was anything I could have gained or improved on from the first match, I tried to use a lot of variations towards the end, I tried to hit the deck a lot harder. We had a good practice the day before the match and the guys were positive in terms of coming hard at the batters. That taught me how to execute my plans when the batsman is coming hard at me during the game."
The youngster, being a potential all-rounder, was also called in to bat and finish off the run-chase. Even there with the other skill, Andile didn't let his team down. Talking about this, he said, "It was my first time coming out to bat this tour, it was a bit tricky, the first few balls turned and ripped quite a lot, I got a lot of confidence after playing the reverse-sweep shot which is one I quite enjoy. There is still a lot of work that I still need to do on the side, getting used to the conditions isn't going to be easy. I really enjoyed it and I thrive on taking responsibility and wanting to be there at the end. I was lucky enough to be there at the end which is something I am proud of."
Shedding light onto how determined Proteas are to win the ODI series, Andile Phehlukwayo said, "That is the goal at the moment, The guys are working hard, they are positive and we are playing some good cricket as a team. We are not putting any pressure on ourselves but it is something that we would like to do. Teams don't come here often and win, let alone being 3-0 up, that is something we would like to achieve as a team."
(Inputs from Cricbuzz)