IND v SA 2022: “It's been 10-12 weeks in IPL”, Parnell says keeping players mentally ready will be key for Proteas

The likes of Miller, De Kock, Rabada, Van der Dussen and Nortje were part of the IPL 2022 season.

South Africa won the first T20I by seven wickets | BCCIProteas pacer Wayne Parnell on Saturday (June 11) said it will be a challenge for the visitors to keep their players, who featured in the recently held IPL season, fresh and mentally ready over the course of the five-T20I series against India.

South Africa's star players such as David Miller, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen and Anrich Nortje were part of the two-month long IPL that preceded the ongoing T20 series.

However, they didn’t look burned out as the tourists defeated the hosts by seven wickets in a high-scoring first T20I in Delhi on June 9.

"It's important to get them fresh and ready for the matches, it's been 10-12 weeks in the IPL with a lot of time in the bubble. Getting guys mentally ready is going to be key for us," said Parnell in a press conference on the eve of the second T20I.

In the first game, Parnell made a comeback to the T20I side after more than five years. The 32-year-old comes into the series rather fresh, having played his last competitive game in March this year.

"Being part of the national team is always a privilege. Certainly, coming back into this group, it was a different feel to it. It's just nice being here."

Wayne Parnell is expecting the Rishabh Pant-led Indian team to bounce back in Cuttack on Sunday (June 12).

"I think this match is going to be crucial. India will definitely bounce back, they are a quality side. We don't expect anything less."

"I think every single game till Bangalore will be very, very tough. Obviously it was a great win the other night, we can take a lot of confidence from that, but it's a brand new venue, new conditions, so we need to adapt and start work."

According to Parnell, the second T20I will also be a high-scoring affair and bowlers will find it difficult to combat the batters.

"The conditions here probably favour run-scoring more. It is just about what we are going to get on that particular day. It did swing around a little bit so maybe we can use that to our advantage but it's difficult to assess."

"The side strip was pretty green and with overhead conditions, and swung around a bit. Maybe for the seamers, there will be a little bit with the new ball. But the actual wicket, we have to see how it is on the match day," Parnell said.

(With PTI inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 12 Jun, 2022

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