Being in the reserves goads me to work harder: Tsotsobe

March 19th, 2011 - 9:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, March 19 (IANS) Having broken the back of the Bangladesh batting with his initial burst, ‘Man of the Match’ Lonwabo Tsotsobe Saturday said being among the reserves for the greater duration of the tournament has not put any additional pressure on him.

South Africa, who were already through to the quarterfinals of the ongoing World Cup, decided to rest their crack pace duo of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, bringing in left-arm seamers Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell.

Tsotsobe said being out of the team goads him to lift his game.

“I would not say it’s pressure. As my captain said it’s good to know when you got your guys doing well and there is more in the bench who can do the same job. I would not say it’s too much pressure for me,” said Tsotsobe, who finished with 3/14 on his Cup debut.

Tsotsobe bowled only five overs, but it was enough to dismiss openers Tamim Iqbal (5), Imrul Kayes (4) and Shahriar Nafees (5) in his second, third and fourth overs.

His exploits with the ball saw Bangladesh reeling at 21/4 inside eight overs. They never recovered from the early jolts and folded up for a miserable 78 to suffer a 206-run defeat that practically ended their World Cup dream.

The 27-year-old has shown the knack of taking wickets in his fledgling career. Tsotsobe, who made his debut in 2009, has 39 wickets in 20 ODIs at a good average of 18.74. Tsotsobe bowled impressively when India toured South Africa in January, taking 13 wickets in five ODIs.

“It (being in the reserves) just wakes me up and says ‘Listen, you got to work harder and harder each and every day’. It doesn’t matter if I don’t play the next game, I am still part of the team,” he added.

Tsotsobe, who had earlier played at the venue as part of the South African A team in 2008, said he enjoyed bowling Saturday.

“When you bend your back and hit the areas, you get something out of the wicket. Sometimes it keeps low, sometimes it bounces. It is a bit two paced. It’s enjoyable.”

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