The 21-year-old debutant Lungi Ngidi rose to the occasion, as host South Africa wrap up the series against the number one ranked Test team, India in Centurion on Wednesday.
Ngidi was drafted into the squad after Dale Steyn was ruled out of the series with a heel injury in the middle of the first Test in Cape Town.
South Africa set a monumental task of 287 runs in the fourth innings. AB de Villiers (80) and Dean Elgar (63) helped the Proteas put a massive target before Mohammad Shami’s four-for put a brake on South Africa’s second innings.
Indian batters were all out of place in the second Test, as Ngidi rolled over the star-studded Indian batting line-up. Rohit Sharma topped the batting chart with 47 followed by Shami’s 28.
Ngidi showed a lot of prospects, as he finished the match with a seven-wicket haul. He trapped Indian skipper Virat Kohli in front on day four which almost took India to the verge of another loss.
Young Ngidi while talking to the press post-match admitted he had goosebumps in the middle of the game. He also added it is hard to describe the feeling.
“It’s hard to describe the feeling when the crowd cheers for you, playing for your country. You get goosebumps, you get emotional – in the middle of the game!” – Lungi Ngidi said at the press conference.
India will look to revive their confidence ahead of the third and final Test which starts on January 24 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
Moreover, he said his idols growing up are Andre Nel and Mkhaya Ntini.
“I grew up watching Andre Nel, Ntini and of course Dale Steyn. I tried to imitate Nel but couldn’t succeed as you can see. Also, if all goes well I would like to have a long career.”
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