Steyn has the perfect blueprint for a fast bowler: Ngidi
South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi, who is all set to play a big part in the first Test against India next month, has thanked the Dale Steyn and then further described that the 36-year-old has the perfect blueprint for a fast bowler. Ngidi also added that he is fully fit and reckons that he is in good shape.
Lungi Ngidi, who had missed the latter half of the World Cup owing to a recurring hamstring injury, is now fully fit as a fiddle and has been playing for the South Africa ‘A’ team against India ‘A’ as ideal preparation for the three Tests that will start from October 2. Ngidi made his debut against India in early 2018 but due to constant injuries, he played a total of four Test matches so far.
But now, after complete recovery and rehabilitation, the 23-year-old young prospect is back in full swing in the hope of steering his side to victory in the forthcoming Test series 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,” Lungi Ngidi was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
“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 said.
Ngidi also reserved his praise for his fellow mate Dale Steyn, an expert in Indian conditions, who has been guiding the 23-year-old by advising him about several aspects of bowling. Incidentally, it was due to the injury to Steyn in 2018 which made the team draft Ngidi in the squad.
“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,” he said of Steyn.
Tragedy struck Ngidi last year when his father passed away, but Ngidi is grateful to his beloved mother for taking up his father’s place and supporting him on and said that he wants to make his dad proud every time he steps onto the cricket field.
“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 signed off.