Like Salieg Nackerdien, head coach of Western Province, who says Cohen must not over analyse things and just “stay in his bubble”, Sibiya is of the belief that the former South African U19 player must just charge in and bowl at optimum pace.
“Obviously we must up-skill talented bowlers like him, and management is important. But the key to becoming a better bowler is bowling (more) and learning to understand your craft,” said Sibiya.
Cohen will get an ideal opportunity to “bowl (more)” when he leads the Western Province attack at Potchefstroom against North West on Thursday when their Sunfoil Three Day Cup clash starts.
Nackerdien saw Cohen two years ago at the national schools week in Port Elizabeth and was very impressed with him at first glance. The national selectors shared Nackerdien’s sentiments. He was included in the South African U19 team.
In 2016/2017, Nackerdien picked Cohen for the senior team of Western Province against Border, and he did not disappoint, finishing with a match-haul of 6-49 in the five-wicket win.
He possesses the raw pace, can produce a deadly Yorker, can attack successfully from around the wicket and can move it away or into the right-handed batsman, says Nackerdien.
And he can execute any game plan of his captain.
Sibiya says what he appreciates about Cohen, is that he is at PPC Newlands every day, practicing his craft and working at ways to improve.
And when elevated to another level, he did not disappoint, capturing 5-107 for the World Sport Betting Cape Cobras in only his second franchise game in the 2017/2018 season.
Both Nackerdien and Sibiya are at pains to emphasize that Cohen is a work in progress, that he still needs much work to become the complete package.
Rory Kleinveldt, bowling coach of the WSB Cape Cobras and Western Province, commented that Cohen regularly bowls faster than 140 km/h and can run in all day.
Sibiya says: “I won’t argue with Rory because he has seen lightning pace. With Rory, Wayne (Parnell) and Vernon (Philander) here (at PPC Newlands) there are so many senior players who can help guide Cohen,” he added.
“I like his raw pace, because he is a bowler who can continually rush the opposition,” he added.
“We have so much gold in the Western Province structures. We must just nurture them.”