‘He was just too much’: Ntini names toughest batsman he ever bowled to
South Africa has always been a fertile ground for pacers. World class fast bowlers like Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn have come up from this country. There’s no hesitation to mention the name of another person on this list, he is Makhaya Ntini.
Ntini was one of the best fast bowlers in the world in his time. He played 100 Tests, 173 ODIs and 10 T20Is for South Africa. The right-arm pacer got 390 wickets in the red ball and 272 wickets in the white ball.
This fast bowler got the wicket of many great batsmen in his career. However, he faced many difficulties to bowl to one batsman in his time. Ntini himself said the name. He is none other than the nightmare of many bowlers, Caribbean batting legend Brian Lara.
In an Instagram chat with Pommie Mbangwa on Friday, Ntini said,
Before bowling against the former Caribbean batsman, he had to think about many things and come up with a plan, Ntini said. He added, “He was one of those guys whom you just couldn’t wake up and bowl to. You needed to do your homework 110 per cent.”
However, Ntini’s success against the West Indies was enviable. He took 52 wickets at an average of only 23 in 10 Tests. However, the former Proteas pacer remembers Lara’s name separately. In 2001, he was dismissed twice in a Test match in Trinidad.
“My best has to be against the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago at Lara’s home. I took his wicket twice in the same game. I was over the moon… it was that special,” Ntini concluded.