South Africa fast bowler Lungi Ngidi reckons the upcoming home series against India will give help Proteas to move in an ideal direction to complete the transitional phase in their cricket. The Proteas named a young and inexperienced Test squad under Dean Elgar for the three-match series starting December 26 against Virat Kohli’s Team India.
This will be South Africa’s first series in the 2021-23 World Test Championship (WTC) cycle and fast bowler Lungi Ngidi wants his team to start on a perfect note. As per the quotes in EXPNCricinfo, he said, “A tour like this can really get the ball rolling in the right direction. 1The processes we are following now are putting us in a good position to compete in this Test Championship (cycle]). We’ve been speaking about a rebuilding phase, but I think it’s coming together.”
South Africa has a handful of pacers to pick from and Lungi Ngidi knows that the competition is stiff. Life in a bio-bubble can be tough and he respects anyone who would want to pull out of the controlled environment.
Talking about the same, Lungi Ngidi said, “I have full respect for anybody who pulls out of a tour because mentally they feel like they cannot handle it. I probably have felt that at some stage but it didn’t get to the point where I was ready to go home. “It does affect you a bit. We find different ways to release the pressure.”
South Africa bowling coach Charl Langeveldt feels that some brave decisions taken in the recent past and experiments carried out have put them in good stead.
Langeveldt said, “We’ve got a good crop of players now and we are experimenting a bit with different combinations for different conditions, so I think those brave decisions are putting us in a better position and we are actually getting the results. I don’t think we can ever stop saying we are rebuilding, but I think we are past that stage now. We’ve got the momentum going and we kind of know which direction we want to take South African cricket.”