Lanky Lutho avoids the fast lane … for now – The Citizen


Lutho Sipamla clearly is not a young man with the habit of complicating things.

He was not an attacking batter who later became a first-rate sailor.

He did not have to worry about choosing one sports code over another.

And he's not trying to wipe out the opposition beaters with a searing rhythm before hone their other skills.

It's all about simplicity when it comes to the latest revelation of Proteas' quick bowling.

"I've always been a bowler," the 20-year-old said on Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday's third and last T20 against Centurion on Wednesday.

"I knew the day I took the ball in my hand for the first time. It's really something that came naturally to me. "

The day in question arrived when Sipamla was eight years old.

"My father took me to a training clinic in Port Elizabeth. I just loved it from the start, "he said.

"I played my first competitive game in the third year, I played for team A. Yes, I just did the sport very well. I played rugby, but once high school hit me, I focused more on cricket and started diving into the rugby B teams. "

The selection for the U-19 national team was inevitable since he invested most of his energy in his bowling, but Sipamla's rise has been quite fast since being called by the Tshwane Spartans for this season's Super League Mzansi .

He finished the third largest wicket-taker with 16 victims.

But that achievement was not what made him happier.

"I gained a lot of experience playing with AB," said Sipamla, captain of the Spartans.

"Sharing the locker room, training and playing with it was a life change for me because it kept me calm.

"Your presence calms you because it speaks to you and gives you plans. I learned a lot from this experience because sometimes it allowed me to set the field alone according to what I wanted to help in my bowling. "

Sipamla's national captain over the weekend at the Wanderers, David Miller, has employed a similar strategy with the rookie ball pitcher within its ranks.

"When David introduced me, he gave me suggestions on field placements and how to play in the cup because he saw we were in trouble and did not play the right lines," he said.

"He asked me to play straight and try to control the execution rate and I did the role of controlling rather than carrying wickets."

It was a treat when the Warriors rebounded only 23 runs from their four titles, playing a major role in South Africa's series victory.

He wants a wicket or two on Wednesday … but worrying about it betrays his view of the game – simplicity.

"I would like to have a wicket every time I make a bowl, but they will come doing the right things over and over again.

"It's a process that will come in time, but I'm looking forward to the moment to take the first shutter."

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