5 key takeaways from the South Africa-Pakistan test series
#4 The emergence of Duanne Olivier
South Africa seem to have a conveyor belt putting out impressive fast bowlers all the time. Ever since their return to international cricket in the early '90s, they have never been without high-quality pace bowlers.
Last year, it was Lungi Ngidi who emerged as the new bright star in the fast bowling sky of South Africa and in this series, it was Duanne Olivier, who rose to fame with 24 wickets in the series – just one short of the South African record for most wickets in a three-match contest.
What made Olivier so successful was the disconcerting bounce that he got throughout the series. Getting the ball to rise uncomfortably from a length made the batsmen's task very difficult. He also has good speed, a usual attribute of young pacers from the country, and good consistency of line and length. He has all the attributes that should make him a successful fast bowler in conditions that are helpful.
Whether he can be equally effective on less sympathetic wickets is something only time will tell. That’s where we will know whether he is a good bowler or a potential great. For the moment though, Olivier is the latest fast bowling sensation in the world.