Still a lot of work to be done but South Africa moving in right direction: Lungi Ngidi

Written by Vipin Darwade

South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi has made rapid strides in international cricket since his debut against India in 2018. Ngidi, who has been South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in the limited overs format in 2020, feels a lot of credit for his showing in recent times goes to bowling coach Charl Langeveldt.

“He is very supportive, he encourages me to play the way I think, so as a bowler I feel really comfortable with executing my plans,” Ngidi said in a Cricket South Africa audio.

“I never feel as though he will not agree with what I am saying. He has been there before, he has been in situations where you have the ball and you have to deviate from the game-plan. He has got a lot of knowledge, and was a very skilful bowler. It has helped my cricket a lot.”

Lungi Ngidi feels he can improve and has given himself a six out of 10 for his performances after his comeback. Ngidi did not play any of South Africa’s four home Tests after injuring a hamstring.

“I would rate it (the season) at about a six (out of 10). It was good, but to me it was still not good enough. There were a few games I could have gone for less runs. I did pick up a few wickets, but it is not the finished product. I still feel I can deliver a whole lot more and be a whole lot better,” he pointed.

“The team did very well in the end, there were a lot of steps in the right direction. Obviously, there’s still a lot of work to be done but it was very good to see those wins I just think you can see the other teams have had these teams for a very long time and we’ve got probably another four or five new guys that have come into the team now,” Ngidi said in a statement.

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