The veteran swing bowler surprised critics by taking two for 27 in the first match against the dominant Northern Districts. He also captured two for 29 in the win against the Barbados Tridents.
During his international career, Langeveldt nipped out 100 batsmen in 72 One Day Internationals and also took a hat-trick against the West Indies in 2005 as South Africa won by one run following a rampant start by the Caribbean men.
“I don’t think we lack skills in the death-bowling department,” said Langeveldt when probed about this aspect of the bowling by the Nashua Cape Cobras and the Sunfoil Dolphins.
He said he was impressed by the skills shown by Robbie Frylinck and Kyle Abbott.
“Perhaps we could be calmer. We can always return to the yorkers. Sometimes we tend to be a tad one-dimensional,” he added.
Consequently, bowlers become predictable.
He said that if Frylinck had produced two wide off-side yorkers, Mitchell Marsh might not have produced two sixes off the final two deliveries to stun the Dolphins in the group match between the Perth Scorchers and the Dolphins.
But he wanted to bowl to Marsh’s legs, and the Australian all-rounder expected it and countered with two magnificent maximums.
The 39-year old Langeveldt went to the training nets every morning at seven while doing a Level-3 coaching course at the high performance centre in Pretoria in order to get ready for the Champions League Twenty20.
“You don’t lose your grove and rhythm overnight. I have been bowling for 20 years. I might have lost it if I had not been bowling for five years,” said the death-bowling specialist, one of the Cobras’s stand-out performers in India.
Langeveldt said that if a team wants to lift the domestic RAM SLAM T20 Challenge trophy, he must possess a classy all-round bowling attack.
But the Cobras might be without Beuran Hendricks, who is recovering from a stress fracture, and the West Indian mystery spinner Sunil Narine.
Hendricks finished with 28 wickets in the previous RAM SLAM T20 Challenge, while Narine nabbed out ten batsmen at an average of 13.70.
“We have quite a bit of work to do with our bowling attack,” said Langeveldt.
The experienced former stalwart of Boland, Western Province and the Nashua Cape Cobras, also said the middle-order must be addressed.
“We made some great starts, but could not keep going,” he said.
The Cobras had 87 for two after nine overs against the Hobart Hurricanes, but imploded to 141 for six after 16 overs before Robin Peterson and Vernon Philander powered them to 184 for six.
In the final group-match against the Kings X1 Punjab, Hashim Amla and Richard Levi smashed them to 103 for two, but the Cape Town-based franchise lost their way as eight wickets tumbled for 30 runs off only 34 balls against the dominant spinners.
“Our middle-order is a tad vulnerable,” he warned.