Lungi Ngidi – From humble beginnings to Hero at only 21.
This amazing story touched me as it so local. Lungi’s parents worked at a local junior primary school in Kloof. Growing up in the school environment it was evident to the people around him that Lungi had potential whereupon an anonymous beneficiary (who is still unknown today) sponsored Lungi’s education at Primary school and Lungi did his bit and worked exceptionally hard and obtained scholarships for Higher education and he then studied in Pretoria.
As young boy Lungi’s first love in the game of cricket was to bat, but his parent’s could not afford the kit required, so as not to put pressure on his parents he settled for bowling which only required a good pair of shoes. With a great deal of hard work, practice and dedication Lungi worked his way through the trenches both at school and for his franchise in Pretoria where he now lives.
The day Lungi got his call up to the Protea Squad was a huge surprise and feeling of achievement, but when he made his debut in that first Test against India and he took 7 wickets in the first innings and 6 wickets in the second made the Proteas and the fans realise that this young man is going places as a fast bowler for his country. The things that make Lungi so special is his gratefulness to his sponsor, his respect for his parents and his humility.