Mumbai. Thando Antini, son of former South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini, is learning cricket tricks from coach Dinesh Lad, who coached Indian captain Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Shardul Thakur. Thando, a left-handed batsman and right-arm bowler, represented South Africa in the 2018 Under-19 World Cup. This 21-year-old player is practicing under the supervision of Lad (Dinesh Lad) at Swami Vivekananda School located in Borivali suburban area here. Makhaya Antony has taken 390 wickets in 101 test matches for South Africa.
Dinesh Lad said, he has come here through a student of my railway team. My student was an assistant to the South African team in the Legends tournament and he told Makhaya about me. He said that the cricket season in South Africa is over and Thando has come here to improve his game. We started the practice on Wednesday and I have corrected some of its flaws. He will be here till June 2. Lad said that he was not taking any fee from Thando.
Made Rohit a batsman from a bowler
Dinesh Lad is famous for his coaching. In a camp, he saw Rohit Sharma. Then he got his school changed to give him training. Rohit Sharma started his career as a bowler. He used to bat at number 7 and 8. But seeing his brilliant batting, Lad sent him to open and he also played a record innings in the debut match. Today the record of scoring the most double centuries in ODI cricket is in the name of Rohit.
Thando Antoni has now played 14 first class matches. Took 32 wickets at an average of 32. His best performance is 4 wickets for 98 runs. He has scored 194 runs at an average of 13. He has taken 21 wickets in 17 matches of List-A and 16 wickets in 14 matches of T20.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 05, 2022, 22:13 IST