Thando Ntini, the son of former Proteas fast bowler Makhaya Ntini, is following in his father’s footsteps.
The 19-year-old starred for South Africa at the Under-19 World Cup when he was only 17.
Since then, Thando has carved out a name for himself as a formidable young player and was even an U19 international draft pick player for the Mzansi Super League outfit, Paarl Rocks.
Speaking to YOU, Thando tells us more about himself and his ambitions to surpass his old man’s achievements.
“It was my decision to pursue cricket,” the youngster says.
“I played various sports at school including, hockey, soccer and rugby but I felt drawn towards cricket and, naturally, my dad encouraged it.”
Thando says his dad does a great job of removing the burden of expectation off his shoulders.
“We seldom talk about cricket and he allows me to make my own decisions when it comes to my cricket career,” he tells YOU.
“But I know I can always ask him for advice when I need it.”
Here are a few things you may not know about Thando:
In my spare time, I like to . . .
Spend time with family and friends, or travel as much as I can. I also enjoy braaiing with mates.
If I wasn’t a cricketer, I’d be . . .
Either studying abroad or travelling and starting businesses across the globe.
What a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m . . .
A really good cook.
The things that I treasure most in my life are . . .
My family, friends and my girlfriend. They push me to be an even better version of myself and motivate me to work harder.
My three main ambitions are to . . .
Be a successful cricketer; try to break my father’s records and also be a successful businessman.
When I’m not with friends or loved ones . . .
I sleep in.
My other interest when I’m not playing is . . .
Off-road mountain biking. I used to ride in competitions, but don’t really have the time anymore with all the cricket happening. In the next few years I want to do the Cape Epic.