He also used in while representing Surrey recently in the T20-competition.
Peterson said he used it in December in the second test against India at Kingsmead in Durban when he took four for 74 in setting up South Africa’s emphatic 10-wicket win. Peterson accounted for Zaheer Khan by trapping him leg before wicket with the carrom ball.
Piedt, South Africa’s newest test debutant, also bowls the carrom ball and Peterson believe the two Cobra-spinners can cause considerable havoc to the opposing teams when they utilize this variety.
“It is not that the delivery will take so many wickets, but that it creates uncertainty in the batsmen’s mind,” he added.
Peterson was dropped from the South African test team after the first test against Australia at SuperSport Park in Centurion early in 2014.
He admitted that the abundance of international commitments and almost two years of non-stop travelling, training and playing for South Africa caused some mental fatigue which affected his performances.
“I was playing too much cricket. It was like quick sand, the more I played, the more I struggled. I needed to get away,” he added.
Peterson said the current SA team is playing so well that they don’t need a change in the spin department. But, to be frank, he is not presently focusing on trying to get back into the SA team, but on collecting silverware for the Cobras.
Refreshed and revitalized, Peterson is up-beat about his current performances. “I am striking the ball beautifully and bowls with a lot of rhythm,” he added.
His excellent performances for Surrey in the T20-competition in England added to his self-confidence as he propelled the county to the T20 Blast final.
Asked about the Cobras and their chances in the Champions League Twenty20, Peterson said not many scribes are writing the Cobras up and expecting them to stroll to the final. Also, because of the Cape weather, the Cobras usually play their best cricket a month after the season started.
But the Cobras are strongly focusing on the first two games of the Champions League Twenty20, knowing that if they produce wins, they will be well on their way to the play-offs.
Peterson is arguably one of South Africa’s finest all-rounders. He can easily open the innings, but he is also a devastating finisher who can use the reverse sweep with aplomb to unsettle bowlers.
Asked about this ploy, Peterson said he doesn’t practice it often. He naturally uses his wrists and the reverse sweep, thanks to his long exposure to hockey. Peterson was 18 years of age when he represented the Eastern Province men’s hockey team.
He also played for the SA Schools team.
With all-rounders like Justin Ontong, Justin Kemp, Vernon Philander, Peterson and even Piedt in the team, the Cobras have the fire-power to unsettle all-comers.
Through the bamboozling effect of the carrom ball into the mix, and the Cobras are ready to dazzle.