South Africa are blessed to have a fast bowler like Dale Steyn up their sleeve for all these years. Though most of his recent months are marred by injuries, the fast bowler has done enough for his country with the ball to be regarded as a legend and he’s not done yet. The speedster retired from Tests recently with 439 wickets to his name and his achievements are a source of inspiration for his teammate Lungi Ngidi.
Ngidi has been on the sidelines for a long time. His World Cup stint in England was also cut short due to injury. But he’s recovered completely now and has been picked in the Test side for the upcoming series against India. In Steyn’s absence, Ngidi will play a crucial role for the visitors and the pacer is getting into the groove while playing for South Africa A against India A.
Speaking of Dale Steyn, Ngidi termed him influential and praised the veteran for time and again being there for his teammates. “Steyn has the perfect blueprint for a fast bowler. Taking 400 Test wickets is something all of us aspire to achieve. He has been very influential; he gives us a lot of good advise. Having him around is great for the team,” Ngidi said while speaking to Sportstar.
Remarkable comeback to 22 yards for Ngidi
Lungi Ngidi has picked six wickets in three innings so far and sent down 39 overs on his comeback which proves that he is fit and raring to go against India. “The hamstring injury was caused maybe because I was trying to bowl too fast. Missing the latter half of the World Cup was disappointing, but injuries are a part of life. I went straight to my recovery routine, and now I’m feeling very fit.
I’ve done a lot of training to recover from the injury. I’m happy with the way I’m bowling, and I want to keep the rhythm going,” he further added. The 23-year-old lost his father last year during the IPL and is determined to make him proud with his performance for the country.
“My father was my biggest supporter; that spot has been taken by my mum now. His demise was unfortunate and sudden. He wanted to see me play for South Africa and in the IPL – I’m happy that he got to see both. Life, death – it happens. I know he’s watching me from above, so I make him proud,” Ngidi said.
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