Learners at the prestigious private boarding school Hilton College in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands have described 21-year-old cricketer Lungi Ngidi as an inspiration.

Making his debut as a bowler in South Africa’s 2nd Test against India in Centurion, Ngidi took six wickets, contributing to the Protea’s 135 run win.

Ngidi was named man-of-the-match.

During his matric year, Ngidi was head of Newman House at Hilton College.

Learners Siyabonga Buthelezi and Khanya Dandala say they want to follow in Ngidi’s footsteps.

“I feel inspired by him because he’s been in the same facilities, he’s been coached by the same coaches and he just inspires me to go on the field and get the same six he did. He gives hope to all the other kids as we are aspiring cricket players that we one day will play for the Proteas test side or even if we play for the Proteas T20 side,” said Buthelezi.

“I know at our house our whole dorm was sitting in the common room watching him play. So, he’s got a lot of support. Lungi was a very humble guy, but he had a presence about him when he walked in the room, but he was a very humble guy. He didn’t show any arrogance for what he has achieved,” said Dandala.


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