Fort Hare cricket academy player Sesona Ndwandwa is one of twelve players selected to participate at a spinners training camp in India.
Ndwandwa has been earmarked, along with seven other spinners, to learn the tricks of the spin-bowling trade in spin-friendly India, which takes place between 30 May and 7 June. The squad also includes four batsmen, who will try to adopt methods of coping with the turning wickets of the subcontinent.
Ndwandwa will be hoping that the trip to India will equip him with the necessary skills to further progress his young career, having already represented the Border semi-pro outfit in four List A matches.
‘In the past season I got an opportunity to play for the Border Semi-Pro team, that meant a lot to me, so by going to India for the spinners camp, I’m sure it will open more doors for me and help me take my game to the next level,’ he told Dispatch Live.
The Fort Hare cricket academy has also allowed Ndwandwa to learn from former Proteas fast-bowler, Mfuneko Ngam.
‘Mfuneko Ngam has done a very good job taking care of me and always being there for me, as well as Nandile Tyali for making sure that I keep fit and maintain my weight,’ said Ndwandwa.
The tour provides an opportunity for Ndwandwa to pick the brain of former Proteas spinner Robin Petersen, who is accompanying the squad as the spin-bowling consultant.
‘I am looking forward to learning everything I can from the coaches, especially Robin Peterson, because we bowl the same way, so I think he will be more helpful to me,’ he said.
Before departing for India, he will play in his Fort Hare side’s final match of the Momentum Club Championships in Pretoria, which concludes on Friday.
Bowling Squad: Kyle Simmonds, Dane Piedt , George Linde (Cape Cobras), Tshepo Ntuli, Akhona Kula (VKB Knights), Shaun von Berg (Multiply Titans) and Khaudise Molefe (Jeppe Boys High).
Batting Squad: Theunis de Bruyn (VKB Knights), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), Jason Smith (Cape Cobras), Aviwe Mgijima (Cape Cobras).
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