Proteas

Ngidi credits Langeveldt for helping him return to form

Charl Langeveldt (Gallo Images)
Charl Langeveldt (Gallo Images)

Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi has credited bowling coach Charl Langeveldt for helping him rediscover his form against England and Australia earlier this year.

Ngidi was able to return from an eight-month layoff and take 12 wickets at an average of 16.08 in four One-Day Internationals, and 13 wickets at 18.87 each in six Twenty20 matches, against the two powerhouse opponents.

Highlights include defending seven runs off the final over to beat England in a 20-over game in London, and career-best figures of 6-58 against Australia in an ODI series the Proteas would go on to win 3-0.

Ngidi said former Proteas seamer Langeveldt, who was appointed to assist new head coach Mark Boucher in December, has helped his cricket a lot.

"He is very supportive, he encourages me to play the way I think, so as a bowler I feel really comfortable with executing my plans," Ngidi said in audio released by Cricket South Africa on Thursday.

"I never feel as though he will not agree with what I am saying. He has been there before, he has been in situations where you have the ball and you have to deviate from the game-plan.

"He has got a lot of knowledge, and was a very skilful bowler. It has helped my cricket a lot."

Despite emerging as South Africa's most potent seamer during the two series, Ngidi feels there is a lot of work left to do.

"I would rate it (the season) at about a six (out of 10). It was good, but to me it was still not good enough. There were a few games I could have gone for less runs," he said.

"I did pick up a few wickets, but it is not the finished product. I still feel I can deliver a whole lot more and be a whole lot better."

- TEAMtalk media

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