“So he has definitely helped me to develop the Yorkers. It went very well in Australia (while playing for the South African A-team),” he added.
Shezi is very clear about his goals for the season. He wants to win cups for the Nashua Cape Cobras, and he is keen to throw his hat into the national ring as a Cricket World Cup contender.
His World Cup count-down starts on Saturday when the Nashua Cape Cobras play against the Chevrolet Knights in the first match of the Momentum One Day Cup competition in Kimberley.
“If we do well and win a title, not only will it benefit the Cobras, but probably more players from the Cobra-squad will be picked for South Africa,” said Shezi.
“I think there is a possible place for me in the SA team, either as new-ball bowler in the first ten overs, or as a death bowler.
“My aim in the death overs would be to strike, because if you take wickets, you stop the momentum,” he adds.
And thanks to Langeveldt he now has that licence-to-kill in the final five overs with consistent Yorkers.
But Shezi is not a one-dimensional bowler who regularly tries to hit the toes of the batsmen deep in his batting crease.
He also possesses three different slower ball varieties.
The one is a cutter that he developed on his own.
Lance Klusener, a legendary former South African player, introduced him to the tricky back-of-the-hand slower ball.
And he fine-tuned his ability to bowl the slow ball bouncer after watching his Sunfoil Dolphins teammate Robbie Frylinck doing it regularly in training.
Shezi (27) made his debut for South Africa in a One Day International against Zimbabwe and captured one for eight in six overs.
“You cannot describe the feeling of representing South Africa,” he added.
Shezi, who recently moved to Plattekloof to stay with family, is very keen to impress in his first season with the Cobras.
He was one of the Dolphins’ greatest destroyers-in-chief when they met the Cobras at Newlands in the final of the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge in 2013/2014. The fast bowler removed Justin Ontong and Richard Levi cheaply and finished with a superb two for 18 in four overs.
“The Cobras missed the title by a metre when Justin Kemp’s shot went for a boundary instead of a six. I want to add as many trophies as possible for the franchise,” Shezi said.