South African speedster Lungi Ngidi was not impressed with the unresponsive pitch on day one of the first Test against India in Centurion. Ngidi shared that the lack of swing forced them to change their bowling plans despite the fact that he ended up taking all three wickets of India on day one.
Team India put up 272-3 before the stumps. KL Rahul scored a stunning ton and his opening stand of 117 with Mayank Agarwal helped as well. Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers as he dismissed Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli.
While speaking after the day’s play, Ngidi was quoted as saying by iol.co.za: “To be honest, we expected more from the pitch in the morning; I expected more swing, but it didn’t happen, and then we had to change plans. You really have to be accurate with your lengths; if you’re too short, it gives the batters time, but if you’re too full they can drive easily.”
Lungi Ngidi, who returned with the figures of 17-4-45-3, got support from Kagiso Rabada and debutant Marco Jansen, who looked ordinary and became the most expensive bowler in the game as well. However, India are currently at 272/3 and will try to maintain the same momentum in the rest of the days as well.
“I got a bit better rhythm bowling from the West Lane End and at lunch, I actually asked to be switched to that side. Sometimes you have to be patient because other guys want to have a go from a particular end, but once I got to bowl from that end, I started finding better lengths. That first session will be important; everyone must be on their ‘A’ game. If we can get a couple of wickets, we’ll be into their tail. We saw this evening that we were still getting balls beating the outside edge,” Lungi Ngidi concluded.