Makhaya Ntini blasts Zimbabwe batsmen over poor shot-selection

Makhaya Ntini blasts Zimbabwe batsmen over poor shot-selection

Makhaya Ntini
Makhaya Ntini. (Photo by Christopher Lee-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Zimbabwe’s win in the first T20 international was erased rather disappointingly as they were thrashed out of sight in the second encounter by a massive 10-wicket margin. Bowling coach Makhaya Ntini, who has been in the news lately for his audacious statements, has lashed out at the Zimbabwe batsmen for their poor shot selection.

The Graeme Cremer-led side was reduced to a paltry score of 99 in their 20 overs after having lost 9 wickets. The Zimbabwe batsmen simply did not have an answer to the swing of Barinder Sran and Jasprit Bumrah. The former South African speedster added that Lance Klusner and himself are making an attempt to correct the mindset of batsmen so that they play much more responsible cricketing shots.

“Shot selection, it’s one of the things that I and Zulu (Lance Klusener) are trying to correct and put in them. You don’t win a game over one shot. You don’t score a 100 over one shot. If someone gets out before you, you are supposed to be the one that takes charge of the game and corrects the mistake that the other one has made,” Nitini said in a post-match press conference. Ntini also added that maturity was the need of the hour for the Zimbabwe batsmen should they make an attempt to break back into the ‘big boy’ leagues of international cricket.

“It comes with maturity of the batters we have and the experience. You look at Hamilton (Masakadza), the way he got, that’s not the way he should’ve got out. If he could stay there for 10 overs, he could’ve scored 70 with ease. Yes, Chamu (Chibhabha) took on the field and it hit the toe end of the bat and he got out, that could’ve been 6 or 4 too.

“But the rest of us, look at (Sikandar) Raza, come on. You see there’s a guy put there and you’re guiding the ball there. Where is the maturity?” he rued.

Ntini also added that it was important to have control while batting. “Those are kind of things we need to get the things into their head. You don’t do things for the sake of doing it. Think of the guy who is coming after you. If you can control the eager, this country could be the best ever in cricket,” Makhaya Nitini claimed.

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