May 22, 2022

India tour in South Africa | Ngidi wants the team to start well

Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi believes the upcoming home series against India can put the “rolling ball” in the right direction for South African cricket, which has gone through a transitional phase and faced upheaval over the past few years. last years.

Ngidi is part of the announced Test squad for the three-match series against Virat Kohli’s men, starting on December 26.

In search of a perfect start

This will be South Africa‘s first series in the 2021-23 World Test Championship (WTC) cycle and the speedy bowler wants his team to start on a perfect note.

“A tour like this can really move things in the right direction,” Ngidi said. ESPNCricinfo.

“The processes we’re following now put us in a good position to go into this trial championship (cycle). We’ve talked about a rebuilding phase, but I think it’s falling into place,” he said. he declares.

South Africa have a handful of fast bowlers to choose from and Ngidi knows the competition is tough. “We have a very good competition and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Ngidi. “It pushes the players. I don’t think anyone can be comfortable in his place right now.

Life in a bio-bubble can be tough and Ngidi “respects” anyone who wants to get out of the controlled environment.

“I have the greatest respect for anyone who pulls out of a tour because they mentally feel like they can’t handle it. I probably felt that at some point, but it didn’t happen. to the point where I was ready to go home. It affects you a bit. We find different ways to release the pressure,” he said.

Pay dividends

South African bowling coach Charl Langeveldt believes that some brave decisions made in the recent past and experimentation have put the team in good stead. “We now have a good crop of players and we are experimenting with a bit of different combinations for different conditions.”