Fast bowler Ngidi is on the road to prove his coach’s prophecy

Six years ago cricket coach Shane Gaffney told Lungi Ngidi that he has what it takes to play for South Africa.

The Hilton College coach’s confidence in the Grade 9-learner’s bowling abilities was just the incentive the youngster needed to start dreaming big.

But Gaffney might be surprised how quickly Ngidi has impacted on international cricket.

In his very first T20-game for the Proteas Ngidi took 2/12 against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park and followed it up with another brilliant performance taking 4/19 at the Wanderers.

As a result of his spirited bowling, he was awarded the Man-of-the-Match trophy on his debut. This might just be the start of bigger things to come.

Yesterday(Wednesday) evening at Newlands, in the third and final T20-encounter Ngidi was eager to continue his “terror campaign” against Sri Lanka.

The 20-year old fast bowler admits that he surprised himself with his impact on the series so far.

“As a bowler you don’t usually think about taking wickets as your only focus is on making sure that you bowl a good line and length and that you hit the right areas in order to pressurize the batsman.

Every time I run in to bowl I see it as a competition of skills between myself and the batsman. A competition I obviously want to win,” said Ngidi who will also represent South Africa in the One Day-series.

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