K Vignesh and Basil Thampi to hone their skills in NCA in Australia

K Vignesh and Basil Thampi to hone their skills in NCA in Australia

MRF head coach M. Senthilnathan will accompany the two fast-bowlers.

Basil Thampi
Basil Thampi. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Speedsters Basil Thampi and K Vignesh have recently been selected by the MRF Pace Academy for a two-week training at the National Cricket Academy in Brisbane as a part of their annual exchange with Cricket Australia. Previously, the pace foundation signed a deal of exchanging players and resources with the CA and the two fast bowlers are blessed with the facilities in Australia.

MRF head coach M. Senthilnathan will accompany the two fast-bowlers and also updated about the start of their training. “The two boys will travel to NCC where they will be having their 3D biomechanical test and then they will be training there. They will receive guidance from Troy Cooley and Ryan Harris,” the head coach was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.

“I still have a lot to learn”- Thampi

Vignesh was an integral member of the Tamil Nadu setup during last year’s Ranji Trophy where he managed to pick up 24 wickets in 6 matches with best bowling figures of 4/32. He was also his state’s leading wicket-taker in that season. Overall in 15 matches, the pacer has picked up 61 wickets after he made his debut in the 2016/17 season.

Prior to their trip, Vignesh sounded jubilated on his maiden trip to Down Under and getting his skills refurbished through some rigorous training. “This is my maiden trip to Australia. I’m excited about it. It is going to be a great learning curve for me. I am looking forward to bowling in Australian conditions.

Thampi came into the limelight when he played last year’s IPL for the Gujarat Lions. Owing to the stupendous performance, he was also drafted into the Indian squad for their Nidahas Trophy campaign back in March, however, he didn’t get a game. He played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in this year’s IPL. The pacer believes that he has a lot to learn and wants to use the trip to develop himself.

“I still have a lot to learn. I will assess them and I’m pretty sure that I will gain a lot of knowledge working with Senthilnathan sir and the coaches at NCC. I just want to have a good time bowling there and hopefully, this trip will be a huge learning curve for me,” Thampi mentioned.

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