There won’t be any respite for the Indian batsmen as South Africa’s numero uno fast bowler Dale Steyn looked fit and set to go out all guns blazing at Virat Kohli and Co, when the two teams meet in the cricket World Cup group league match here on Sunday.
As Steyn went through his routine, left-hander David Miller was seen trying out innovative ways to improve his batting.
Steyn, who was suffering from sinus-related problems, today went full blast at the nets, as he bowled for more than half-hour with Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, David Miller facing him with lot of caution.
Steyn dished out everything during his session. There were fuller deliveries, slower ones and the occasional bouncers which tested the Proteas batsman.
In fact, De Kock was hit just above the abdomen region as he missed a short delivery that didn’t kick up but had enough pace to hurt him. The left-hander did look in some sort of pain. While Steyn enquired about the well-being of his mate, he was soon back in business bowling his stuff and troubling his teammates.
In one of the nets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the hard-hitting Miller was seen using a stump for bat to take throwdowns.
It was an amazing sight as Miller was seen middling most of the throwdowns with a narrow stump. The purpose of this drill was to concentrate on middling the ball. The narrower the bat width, the more precision one needs to hit and that too, off the middle of the bat.
Miller didn’t do badly as he hardly got beaten despite playing with a stump.
Among current international players, the IPL star is among the hardest hitters of the cricket ball.
After scoring a century for Kings XI Punjab during one of the earlier editions of the Indian Premier League, Miller made a comment about hitting sixes that made him instant hit.
“If it’s in the V, it should be on the tree. If it’s in the arc, it should be in the park,” he had famously said then.
Meanwhile, Vernon Philander didn’t have a bowl at the nets, while Morne Morkel did more of physical training.
The South Africans also practised match-simulation situations with JP Duminy seen giving targets and field settings for Wayne Parnell.
Parnell did play the audacious reverse sweep well.