Faf du Plessis sees long future for SA pace sensation Lungi Ngidi

first_imgDebutant Lungi Ngidi starred on Day 5 and took six wickets as South Africa defeated India by 135 runs in the second Test Centurion on Wednesday and also claim the series with an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series on Wednesday.Seamer Ngidi, 21, recorded figures of 6-39, his best in first class cricket, as South Africa bowled India out for 151 in their second innings just before lunch, as the youngster completed match figures of 7-90.And here’s are his match figures – what a performance by this young 21-year-old @NgidiLungi #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/Tm07onGU7s— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 2018The Durban-born fast bowler was adjudged Man of the Match for his performance and his outstanding effort was hailed by Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis.”Special performance by (Lungi) Ngidi. He’s a great guy and we welcome him into the team. Amazing future that lad has. I look at the person’s personality the first thing and he’s a wonderful human being. I see him carrying this national attack for a few years,” du Plessis said at the post-match press conference.Look at that smile Man of the match on debut. Take a bow @NgidiLungi you champion #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/41H9tdUJPG— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 2018Du Plessis also hailed his team for the way they fought throughout this Test match against the top-ranked team in the world.”It took a lot of hard work over the last five days. We were on top pretty much most of the times. One of the harder Tests, given batting and bowling was tough. We were amazing in the field. After Day 1, we were very disappointed.advertisement”In that last 45 minutes of Day 1, we gave India a sniff and the chat after that was that we are gonna need a bit of character over the next four days. We were short in the first innings. We needed to get 400, especially from the position we were in.”But for me the vital part was in the second innings when we kept pushing what they needed to get. We knew anything above 250 would be tough and that’s why our batsmen grinded,” du Plessis added.A superb career-best display by @NgidiLungi of 6/39 has bowled SA to victory at SuperSport Park. They have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/fCRu5bLhcq— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 2018India are the top-ranked side in Test cricket according to the International Cricket Council rankings with South Africa second, though the Proteas will not be able to overhaul the sub-continent side even with a 3-0 series win.The third Test starts at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on January 24.last_img read more

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