This is heartbreaking news for Delhi Capitals fans as according to reports, Anrich Nortje is doubtful to play in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League.
Anrich Nortje got injured before South Africa and India test series last year. Since November the speedster hasn’t bowled much and with T20 World Cup 2022 taking place later this year in Australia it will be interesting to see whether CSA’s medical team will give him the clearance to participate in IPL as he is a vital part of the South Africa set-up.
CSA’s selection convenor, Victor Mpitsang on Anrich Nortje
“It’s probably going to be difficult [for Nortje to go to the IPL]. He has not really been bowling much since November. We don’t have any timeframe on his return. It’s been a long one. The medical team will give advice on whether he will be cleared for the IPL,” Mpitsang was quoted as saying in ESPNCricinfo.
CSA Medical Officer Shuaib Munjra On Anrich Nortje
“Anrich is currently being investigated. Nortje has been seen by three different orthopedic surgeons. He is struggling with loading and doing most of the other rehab work. He is not ready for the Bangladesh series. We don’t know about the IPL. I guess it’s frustrating. He keeps fit, he works extremely hard. All goes fine, except for when he picks up his bowling loads. He has got discomfort. We have identified three different problems between back and hip and we don’t know which is primary,” Munjra said.
Nortje’s IPL journey
In 2020, Nortje came in IPL as a replacement player in place of Chris Woakes who pulled out of the tournament. Ever since then he has played a key role in the Delhi Capitals’ success in the past two seasons.
He is one of the four players Delhi retained ahead of the mega auction. The 28 years old has played 24 matches in IPL, in which he has scalped 34 wickets at an average of 20.56.
Before his injury, Anrich Nortje said –
“T20 format has given opportunities to so many pacers. Bowling just four overs with all-out raw pace is exciting, but for me, the main format is still Test cricket. Red-ball cricket takes more (energy) and is the most difficult format as you have to be so consistent,”