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'He hated batsmen with a passion'
Part eleven: Allan Donald on the most intimidating bowlers he has seen. This time: South African meanie Brett Schultz
Produced by: Gokul Chakravarthy, Suketu Mehta; Interviewer: Nagraj Gollapudi
July 23, 2013
'He hated batsmen with a passion'July 23, 2013
Brett Schultz was probably the meanest South African fast bowler I have had the pleasure of playing with. He literally hated batsmen with a passion.
He was a tough character in the nets because he even hated batsmen in the nets (our guys!). So that's why I cut a deal with him that if he ever bounced me in the nets, I'd break his kneecaps! So we had an agreement on that.
He was one South African bowler who not only had a massive mean streak but also was unbelievably good at reversing the ball. In 1993 when we toured Sri Lanka, he ran through their batting order in the most magnificent manner in Colombo. He used to reverse-swing the ball both ways and managed to hit a few Sri Lankan batsmen during that series. Subsequently, Sri Lanka had to tour South Africa and they asked us if Schultz was playing. They weren't really looking forward to facing him.
He had a massive jump, was really strong on his action, and had great control over the ball. When it comes to having a mean streak, being ruthless, and just for the fact that he hated batsmen - he was, for me, the most intimidating factor in our team. Also, he was a left-arm quick and they are priceless. He was easily 90mph consistently. He is such a good man off the field but on the field he was a totally different animal.
I admired his ability to reverse-swing the ball, which was fantastic, and the way he used the crease was even better. It just came natural to him. That was something I was able to learn from him as a partner.
Unfortunately his career was cut short. He had a very heavy body and had huge knee problems. His career really went back around 1996 when he got up on the morning of a Test match and he had hurt his arm, and he never really made it back to the team. But if he were around for a few more years, the world would have taken notice of Brett Schultz. The impact he had in such a short span of time was fantastic for South African cricket.
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