INSPIRATION: Paul Adams talks Richard Levi through a Cobras training session. Picture: Gallo Images
The days of Paul Adams being remembered as a slow left arm chinaman bowler for the Proteas, who claimed no less than 134 Test wickets, are drawing to a close.
Adams, affectionately known as Gogga by fans and players alike, has had a dream start to his top-flight coaching career with his Cape Cobras team reaching the final of the Momentum One Day Cup during his first season in charge.
Tasked with the responsibility of retaining the trophy his team won against the Warriors at Sahara Park Newlands last year, Adams has taken to the new responsibility like a duck to water with only one hurdle remaining in his team’s quest for glory – tomorrow’s final against the Highveld Lions at Bidvest Wanderers.
Reflecting on the year that has been, Adams said that he could not have asked more from his players who showed grit and determination throughout.
“I think it was a good learning period for me as we were under a lot of pressure at the start of the competition, but the guys responded well and that same calmness they displayed when the pressure was on is what will be crucial in the final,” said Adams.
Adams complimented the way the Lions’ opening bowlers have gone about their business.
“They have a few impact players, just like we do and can apply pressure at crucial times.
“One of their keys to success has been striking early, so we will have to build pressure and play with confidence in what will be a tough contest.”