And while it may be early to speak of the forthcoming season, with the 2017/18 season having concluded just over a month ago, the 31-year-old has returned from the week-long camp with renewed determination to endear himself with the ball.
“I have been on a few of these camps, and you always learn something,” Von Berg said of the latest trip to Mumbai.
“I have worked on bowling different angles, and even on turning the ball less, so you don’t beat the bat.”
“Going over there has helped, because we go and play in places like Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town, where the ball does turn a bit more, it means I can put into practice the things that I have picked up and worked on during the camps.”
As an attacking wrist-spinner, Von Berg has also honed his game to be able to keep the runs down on one end, and allow his captain the ability to rotate his fast men, too. That patience, he acknowledged, is something that he has added to his repertoire.
“I enjoy bowling long spells, and it is part of the job as a spinner. Even if the pitch is not turning as much, you have to bowl a lot of overs to rotate the fast bowlers. There were a few games last season where I bowled more than 60 overs in a Sunfoil Series match, and bowling a lot of overs is something I do look forward to,” said von Berg.
More than just going to India to bowl, the versatile Von Berg has also spent time at the batting crease, as he looks to respond to his Multiply Titans coach’s challenge to be a bigger contributor with the willow.
“I definitely enjoy it, and Mark Boucher has given me a senior role in the batting in the off-season, going up to number 7,” he revealed.
“I have worked with a guy like Neil McKenzie, on things like playing with the spin more, and even where I am hitting the ball. I have definitely picked up a few things that I am looking forward to
bringing into next season.”
As Von Berg continues to be a leading light in domestic circles, there have been growing murmurs about his chances of being elevated to the Proteas Test squad – especially with a sub-continent tour around the corner.
“That has been my dream ever since I started playing cricket. I have spoken to a few of the guys around the team, and they have said there has been some talk that there is a chance,” he said of the prospect of a call-up.
“If it happens, it will be a dream come true, and I would be so proud to play for my country. Then again, if it doesn’t happen, I will keep working hard towards that.”
One way or another, Von Berg is certainly in the conversation now.