Whenever South Africa tours Asia or overseas, the first thing the opposition would like to have a look is at their bowling department. They always had sensational bowlers, who can rip the world-class batting lineups with their brilliance. From Shaun Pollock to Dale Steyn and the recent Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada, South Africa’s bowling has always been in safe hands.
It’s sad that Steyn will not be figuring in Test cricket any more. But at 36, his body scarred by injuries and several failed comebacks to the longest format, he had given it his all for Tests. Meanwhile, the right-handed fast bowler Lungi Ngidi quoted that they would miss him badly against the Indian National Cricket Team.
After being in and out of the team, Lungi Ngidi is now back in action, turning out for the touring South Africa A. In the first unofficial Test against India A – his first competitive match since the injury layoff.
Having Dale Steyn around is great – Lungi Ngidi
Ngidi heaped praise on Dale Steyn, a pioneer of Indian conditions, who has been helping the 23-year-old by advising him about various aspects of bowling. Incidentally, it was due to the injury to Steyn in 2018 which made South Africa draft Ngidi in the squad and now, a year later, the tall quick once again finds himself in a situation to step into the shoes of Steyn.
”Steyn has the perfect blue print 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,” he said.
Ngidi made his debut against India in early 2018 but constant injuries have meant that the pacer has only played a total of four Test matches till date. But now, after thorough recovery and rehabilitation, the 23-year-old is back on the field once again in hope of bowling his side to victory in the forthcoming Test series against India.