Stiaan van Zyl’s Test career might just be revived with a little help from his friends in India.
Van Zyl is among a group of South Africans sent to India to hone their skills and like the Cobras batsman, Indian Amol Muzumdar knows what it means to be out of favour.
He spent 171 first-class matches waiting for an international call-up that never arrived, hitting 11 677 runs at an average of 48.13.
But he could just fix Van Zyl’s batting woes and aid his chances for an international recall when a group of eight South African spinners and six batsmen attend a spin bowling course in Mumbai next week.
Cobras batsmen Van Zyl and Dane Vilas, as well as spinners GF Linde and Dane Piedt will be part of the group.
Piedt says Linde is a tall slow bowler similar to former South African orthodox left-arm spinner Claude Henderson.
He possesses the height, the spin, the bounce and the batting abilities to excel.
“He is just about 1 000 wickets behind Claude,” adds Piedt.
Cricket South Africa’s batting consultant HD Ackerman and Muzumdar will work with the batsmen, with the slow bowlers working with Nilesh Kulkarni.
Kulkarni represented India in three Tests and 10 ODIs as a spinner and Piedt believes they will benefit from working with him, saying: “I think one of the benefits from going on the spinning camp would be to learn about the processes and mindset that is used to plan and execute the dismissal of a batsman.”