The young fast bowler was part of the South Africa A-attack in the first unofficial test against India A at the Krishnagiri Stadium in Wayanad, and took one for 56 in 16 overs in the first innings.
It was a steep learning curve for the brave-hearted bowler, who had to adjust to a slow surface and low bounce, especially when he bowled short of a length.
He told himself prior to the match that he should not get frustrated, and toiled manfully in the match.
Paterson was quite up-beat about his ability to adjust quickly to the rigours of T20-cricket. He said he was surprised at how regularly he hit the so-called Yorker-lengths at practice on Tuesday morning.
A hallmark of Paterson’s success in the 2014/2015-season was his ability to take early scalps and create pressure with the older ball.
He was at his best in the pressure cooker-match against the Chevrolet Knights in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge final at the Newlands Cricket Ground, and responded masterfully by taking four for 33.
“I’m looking forward to the T20-tournament. Whatever role I play, I am ready for the challenge,” he said.