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South Africa vs India: Was Very Nervous Ahead of Debut, Says Lungi Ngidi

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 15, 2018, 8:23 AM IST
South Africa vs India: Was Very Nervous Ahead of Debut, Says Lungi Ngidi

South Africa's bowler Lungi Ngidi, front, celebrates with teammates after dismissing India's batsman Parthiv Patel, for 19 runs at the end of his over during the second day of the second cricket test match between South Africa and India. (AP Image)

New Delhi: South African young pace sensation Lungi Ngidi has said that he was very nervous ahead of his debut and he even revealed he felt that he won't let go of the ball while bowling his first delivery against India in the second Test of the series in Centurion on Sunday.

Ngidi was drafted into the side after pace spearhead Dale Steyn sustained an injury in the first Test in Cape Town. In his first day in the office, Ngidi returned with decent figures of 1/26 in 9 overs and also was involved in a brilliant run-out of Cheteshwar Pujara.

"I was very nervous, I thought with my first ball I wasn’t going to let it go I was holding it so tight. But once I let it go I got the feeling that this was my moment and I need to grab it with both hands. After that I just started running in," Ngidi was quoted as saying after the match.

Parthiv Patel became Ngidi's first scalp of his Test career and the young pacer heaped praise on Vernon Philander, who according to him was instrumental in making him to settle into match.

"Having Vern (Philander) at mid-off really helped a lot, the game plans that he tells me and we work on, they really make sense to me. So after changing the angle (to come around the wicket) I saw the ball was going away from the left-hander and that it was a better option.”

Ngidi almost got the prized wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli as his first wicket when he trapped plumb the batsman in front of middle stump but after his appeal was turned down and South Africa reviewed the decision, replays showed the Indian skipper had got the faintest of edges to the ball.

"He kept moving around the crease and stepping in front of off-stump so I thought maybe I should shoot one in there to see if I could trap him lbw like the last test when Vern got him. I thought I had him,"

Ngidi said.The speedster said that despite South Africa's seam attack not getting the assistance from the wicket they had hoped for, he backed them to get the side a first-innings lead.

"They have given us a sniff and our bowling line-up is pretty fired up to keep taking sticks. The wicket might be a little slow but the guys are running in hard so there will be a bit of movement,” he said.

"It's cricket, whatever wicket you are given you have to play on, we just want to make the best of what we have."

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First Published: January 15, 2018, 7:50 AM IST

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