South Africa’s batting effort in Nagpur was simply shambolic, as the Indian spinners ran havoc against the Proteas batsmen. The pitch was indeed a mine field, where batting properly was difficult, but it surely wasn’t impossible. Barring a couple of South African batsmen, the entire team had to face the ire of cricket experts across the globe for their spineless batting display.
In order to save some grace in Delhi, and possibly end the tour on a high, the South African management has decided to use innovative methods in order to counter the Indian spinners. The main technique being used by the Proteas, is about simulation, and creating identical match like scenarios, in order for the batsmen to practice.
Adrian Birrell, South Africa’s assistant coach shed some light on the innovative technique and said, “We are trying to recreate the rough in nets, taking a stump and putting it behind the footmarks, to try and replicate the match situation. We are trying to throw balls like he bowls. We have Claude Henderson, who used to bowl left-arm spin, now he throws left-arm spin, which he is very accomplished at. I used to bowl leg-spin, so I bowl from a shortened run, about 15 yards, to try and simulate Mishra. I’m not even close, but we are trying. And then we have a bunch of guys who try to throw balls like Ashwin, so we try to make it as similar to the match.”
“We did simulate, if you know Hashim Amla, and you obviously don’t, he is the most precise in terms of preparation for a match is concerned. we have been doing that right from the start, even before this tour. And others tours before this. He led it, and we followed his cue, of preparing what you will face in a match,” Birrell added.