Former Mumbai Ranji Trophy captain Amol Muzumdar is one of the best First Class cricketers from India who did not get an opportunity to play for the Indian cricket team. He has played over 170 First Class games and has scored over 11,000 runs at that level. At one point of time, he was the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy.
He is one of the batsmen who have played a lot of cricket on Indian pitches. He has now been designed the post of interim batting coach of the Proteas for their series in India. He has previously worked with India U19 and India U23 teams, Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and also with the Netherlands national team. His advice for the South African batsmen will be like gold-dust to inexperienced players who want to succeed in Indian conditions.
As a player who has played a lot of spin bowlers and has conquered them all on the Indian turning tracks, Muzumdar would definitely work on the footwork of the South African batsmen.With India vs South Africa schedule 2019 starting off with T20’s, the visitors might have to dig in and fight out the tough periods to negate the spinners’ contribution on such tracks.
Muzumdar would like to bring in batsmen with good footwork against spin in the final XI. The players’ defence will certainly be tested in the Test series if not in the T20I series. Some players have their own way of attacking against spin and hence might survive the Indian spinners in the shorter format. However, when they will be needed to stay on the crease for a longer period of time in the Test series, they will have to rely on their defence and footwork.
It will be recommended to have players with good defence in your Dream11 team because if Muzumdar has his say on the team selection, the players with not so good defence will surely miss out of the squad.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock will be leading the Protea side in the T20I series against India for the first time. It will be interesting to see whether the captaincy duties enhance his batting skills or the responsibilities become a load on his shoulder. Either way, it will certainly not hamper his acrobatic wicket-keeping skills behind the stumps. Keep checking the India vs South Africa live cricket score to know whether De Kock has become aggressive or the captaincy pressure has taken to him.
Talking about the changes Muzumdar will bring into the South African mix if he is continued as the batting coach of the team, it will certainly bring a huge packet of experience for the longer version of the game. After the unavailability of Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn in Test cricket, the longer version squads of the Proteas have certainly looked far more weaker. This will certainly not help given that the ICC World Test Championship has already started. Therefore, the team management should think positively on going ahead with the Mumbaikar as their batting coach for a long time to come.