Ngidi hoping for a ‘very long’ career with Proteas

Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi wants to use the momentum that he has gained to build a long and successful career on the international stage with the Proteas.

The 23-year-old Ngidi made a memorable Test debut against India earlier this year when he took six wickets in the second innings to help the Proteas win the second Test in Centurion and clinch the three-match series.

Ngidi made his international debut in April last year, in a T20I against Sri Lanka, has now played in three Tests, four ODIs and three T20Is but has set his sights on long international career.

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In quotes published on the ICC’s website, Ngidi said: “I’ve still got years ahead of me. The first thing that I’d like to do is make sure my career’s very long. At the moment, I just want to keep the ball rolling.

“I’ve got some good momentum behind me. Just having come on to the international scene as well, I’m still very energetic, very excited about everything that happens.

“I’m just looking to utilise that as best as I can. I’m very excited about what’s happening and, as a cricketer, that’s all I can really do, look forward to every opportunity I get and perform as best as I can.”

Speaking about his maiden appearance in Test cricket against India, Ngidi is still struggling to let his performance sink in.

The paceman continued: “You wouldn’t expect something like that to happen on your debut. First of all, you’re just trying to get through the day.

“But to be able to perform like that, it helped me realise what I am capable of doing if I put my mind to it.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better debut and I look back on it now and I still think it’s a dream. I’m still struggling to let it sink in.”

Ngidi is currently playing for the Chennai Super Kings, alongside Proteas captain Faf du Plessis, in the Indian Premier League (IPL).