Anrich Nortje, the Delhi Capitals’ pacer, will be eligible for selection beginning April 7

Anrich Nortje, who was signed by the Delhi Capitals for a sum of INR 6.5 crore, is expected to miss the opening stage of the IPL 2022 owing to injury. There were even rumours that he will miss the entire season this year. However, the South African pacer reported to his franchise squad on Sunday (March 20) and will be available to play in the last week of April.

He has been with the Capitals since the 2020 season when the team signed him for INR 50 lakhs on a one-year deal. He holds the record for bowling the fastest ball in the Indian Premier League’s history, with the ball travelling at a pace of 156.22 kilometres per hour. On this record-breaking delivery, he claimed the wicket of Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler. Indeed, Nortje’s name was recognised on the top-five fastest deliveries in the year 2020.

The Proteas player is expected to be available for the 15th edition of the IPL on April 7 and will be included in the squad for the team’s third game. The Delhi Capitals will face the Lucknow Super Giants in their third match of the season in Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium. He is now undergoing quarantine and will shortly enter the nets.

Nortje has not appeared in an international match since November 2021 due to an injury of unknown aetiology. As a result, he was absent from South Africa’s recent international matches. South Africa is presently playing Bangladesh in a white-ball series, which will be followed by a two-match Test series. However, players may choose to join their franchise in the IPL if they so want, since the CSA has granted total freedom of choice to its players.

The 15th edition of the IPL began on 26 March 2022, with the season opening at the Wankhede Stadium featuring the season’s finalists from 2021 – Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. On the other side, Delhi Capitals will begin their campaign on the second day when they take on five-time winners Mumbai Indians at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.