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Centurion hero Ngidi aiming high

17 January 2018 18:54

South Africa paceman Lungi Ngidi harbours ambitions of becoming the best bowler in the world after tearing through India to wrap up a series win at Centurion on debut. 

The 21-year-old paceman took 6-39 as the tourists were skittled out for only 151 on the final day, the Proteas sealing a 135-run victory and taking a 2-0 lead with one match to play.

Ngidi was named man of the match, reward for hostile bowling on his Test bow, and the quick will strive to ensure the accolades keep on coming in what he hopes will be a stellar career.

Asked about becoming the top-ranked bowler, he said: "I wouldn't give it a specific date, but as a sportsman I would also like to achieve a milestone like that. It's something I'll definitely be chasing."

Ngidi, who claimed the huge scalp of Virat Kohli on day four, said he was living the dream out in the middle and has a clear vision of how he can fulfil his potential.

"It's not something I'm able to describe, every time it does hit me, you get nervous, you get goosebumps again and at that time you are in the middle of a game," he added.

"It really is an honour to have people that really appreciate the work that you are doing out there. It is a blessing. I watch a lot of Andre Nel, I was convinced I had the same bowling action as him - I realise now that's not true!

"[Makhaya] Ntini, Nel and Dale Steyn were my idols that I looked up to. I want this to be a long career, I know many people about how injuries have affected me in the past, but I feel like this is a new start. 

"Now I've found my feet and know which path I am going down and the right formula for me as a cricketer. I'd like this to be one of the long careers, maybe go down on the honours boards."

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