Proteas fast bowler Lungisani Ngidi talked about the importance of having Charl Langeveldt as their bowling coach, discussing the impact that he has had over the Durban born fast bowler.
In an audio statement released by Cricket South Africa, Ngidi said, “He is very supportive, he encourages me to play the way I think, so as a bowler I feel really comfortable with executing my plans.’
Ngidi said that the knowledge and the experience of Charl Langeveldt rubbed off on him smoothly.
“I never feel as though he will not agree with what I am saying. He has been there before, he has been in situations where you have the ball and you have to deviate from the game-plan.” He said.
He continued, “He has got a lot of knowledge, and was a very skilful bowler. It has helped my cricket a lot.”
Despite his success, Ngidi feels he still has a lot more work to do to hit his best form.
“I would rate it (the season) at about a six (out of 10). It was good, but to me it was still not good enough. There were a few games I could have gone for less runs. I did pick up a few wickets, but it is not the finished product. I still feel I can deliver a whole lot more and be a whole lot better.” This was what he had to say about his own performance.
Ngidi burst into the International arena, taking 6/39 in the second innings of his Test debut against India back in January 2018. In the same month, he made his ODI debut against the same opposition and was also bought by the Chennai Super Kings for Rs. 50 Lakhs ($78,650). Later that year, CSA offered a national contract to Ngidi. He was picked in the squad for the 2019 World Cup after that. After being injured and out for eight months, he returned to the squad in spectacular fashion, by picking up 12 wickets at an average of 16.08 in four One-Day Internationals and 13 wickets at 18.87 each in six T20 matches against England and Australia at the end of the 2019-20 season.
That included defending seven runs off the final over to beat England in a 20-over game in London, and career-best figures of 6-58 in the ODI series against Australia as South Africa won that series 3-0.