Herschelle Gibbs takes a dig at batting coach Amol Muzumdar after South Africa's top-order fails in 2nd Test
South Africa had appointed Indian domestic great Amol Muzumdar as the interim batting coach of the side ahead of the ongoing three-match Test series against India. Muzumdar was expected to help the South African batsmen get a better understanding of the Indian conditions and counter the formidable Indian bowling attack effectively. However, the visitors have failed to make it count with the bat so far in the series.
Muzumdar, who amassed over 11000 first-class runs including 30 centuries, is a well-respected figure in the Indian domestic circuit having worked with the India U-19 and the India U-23 sides. He has also worked in Australia and England apart from serving as the batting coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Rajasthan Royals. However, his stint with the South African side is yet to yield the desired results for the visitors.
Former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs on Saturday took a dig at Muzumdar after South Africa suffered another top-order collapse in their first innings of the second Test against India which is currently underway at the MCA Stadium in Pune. South Africa were reduced to 53/5 early on Day 3 of the Pune Test before being skittled out for 275 after a stupendous show from the Indian bowlers.
Taking a dig at Muzumdar after the visitors suffered a top-order collapse, Gibbs took to Twitter and wrote, "And we heard such good reviews about the local batting consultant, wonder what his thoughts are."
And we heard such good reviews about the local batting consultant,wonder what his thoughts are #INDvsSA#sscricket— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) October 12, 2019
After a poor show from the top-order, captain Faf du Plessis rescued South Africa with a gritty 64-run-knock as he combined with wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock (31) to add 75 runs for the sixth wicket. The Indian bowlers once again made a comeback in the game after the duo's departure but were frustrated by tail-enders Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj.
Maharaj went on to register his best-ever Test score of 72 runs while Maharaj scored 44 off 192 deliveries as the duo posted a record stand for the ninth wicket in an India vs South Africa Test series. The duo managed to stretch the visitors' innings till stumps before Maharaj was dismissed by Ashwin, who was the pick of the bowlers for India finishing with a four-wicket haul. South Africa were bundled out for 275 handing India a massive lead of 326 runs.