Being disciplined and getting acclimatized to the conditions in the UAE are key for South Africa's Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) participants as head coach Mark Boucher wants his players 'to peak at the right time' for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
The likes of David Miller, Kaigos Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Quinton de Kock and Anrich Nortje will accompanied by new recruits Tabraiz Shamsi and Aiden Markram for the second leg of IPL in the UAE which will also co-host the 2021 World T20 from October 17 to November 14.
"We've spoken to the guys going to the IPL. They need to stay quite disciplined and realise we want to peak at the right time as a unit," Boucher said. "They'll be picking up bits of information about playing in those conditions that will really get them ready for a big tournament and if they manage themselves well and get some good time in the nets and get used to facilities it will stand us in good stead. It will be a great experience as long as guys look after themselves and peak at the right time."
Under Boucher, South Africa have won three T20I series in a row against West Indies, Ireland and Sri Lanka, but the former wicketkeeper believes there is still room for improvement going into the World Cup.
"This team realized that we are definitely not the finished product, so there's a lot of things we speak about. We had a good chat about the lessons we've learnt and where we want to go as a team," he said.
The team equaled their former run of seven consecutive T20I wins from 2009 with a 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Tuesday, which will keep them in good stead for the World Cup.
"We tied the record for the most T20 wins by a South African team. That was one of the records that we were playing for. We understand that going into a World Cup each game is as important as the others and this becomes a habit. This is just part of the growth of the team," Boucher said.
With regular white-ball captain Temba Bavuma sidelines due to a fractured thumb, Keshav Maharaj led the team on his T20I debut and guided them to a 3-0 clean sweep against Sri Lanka. Boucher hailed the spinner for his leadership qualities and handling of spinners.
"With Keshav - this is not his first roadshow. He has been around, especially in conditions like this. He has got a great feel for the game. The communication, confidence and trust he has in the spinners, especially the confidence he showed in Aiden, Aiden fed off and produced the goods. The way he dealt with his spinners and the players was great. He has got great leadership which stands us in good stead," Boucher said.