Lungi Ngidi will remember his debut Test match cricket for the rest of his life. He dismissal of Virat Kohli in the second innings pretty much opened the floodgates for South Africa to make a comeback into the match which they eventually won by 135 runs. Doing this they have also won the 3 Test match series 2-0, giving Kohli his first series defeat as India Test captain.
“The moment for me I think was the captain’s wicket. That was a very special moment and I felt that I had worked hard and sort of figured out a gameplan of bowling towards him. So finally getting that really did mean a lot to me,” said Ngidi after the Test match.
“It took him three years, actually. He first arrived in my Grade 10 years and asked me to come to the Titans then, and I wasn’t having it. But it was amazing how consistently he would arrive and keep asking for me. I wanted to see if he really meant it, so I also kind of played hard to get. Eventually, in my Matric year, I wanted to further my studies and he offered me that opportunity and playing cricket at the same time. When I arrived here, I honestly didn’t know where it was going to go. I thought to myself: Just play, do what you can do as best you can … and here I am today,” he said, adding that he grew up idolizing Andre Nel the most" said Du Plessis on Ngidi.
“During the game I couldn’t say anything, I had to internalize it, but it really was a dream come true to bowl with him. It has been a dream of mine. He actually has a lot of knowledge for a youngster as well. He is No 1 in the world and it shows. We had been chatting throughout the innings and he had been giving me idea, and to see them work is special as well,” he concluded.