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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

South Africa Cricket Player Makhaya Ntini.

Born on July 7, 1977 in a small lesser known village in South Africa, he has come up well; when he was chosen to play for South Africa in the First Test against Sri Lanka at Cape Town in 1998, he was the first black player to play for his national team. Ntini came in at a very raw stage of his life, (a cow herder) his talent was too fresh and raw for him to make a big name in the South African team. He needed to be made finer, with some adjustments in his approach to the game. Once that was sorted out, he was ready for waging battles on the cricket field.
Makhaya Ntini made his ODI debut for South Africa in Perth against New Zealand in 1998 along with Mark Boucher. He could not have hoped for a better wicket to make his debut on. With a bowling action that reminds of West Indian great, the late Malcolm Marshall, Ntini bowls at a lively pace and skids the bowl through to make it uncomfortable for any batsman who faces him. He bowled his full quota of ten overs for hostility at its best, giving just 31 runs and taking his first two ODI wickets, those of Stephen Fleming and Adam Parore.
Fast bowler Ntini did not travel to the Caribbean with the rest of the squad
because he remained in South Africa to be with his wife at the birth of the couple's second child.
Ntini was due to arrive in St Kitts later on Wednesday 18th April, but captain Graeme Smith said he would not be rushed into the team.
"With Makhaya arriving late we'll give him some time to find his feet," South African captain Graeme Smith told a news conference on Wednesday.
"We wanted him to sort out his family business first, we don't want him worrying about his wife and daughter.
"We wanted his mind fully focused and we feel he will have enough time to prepare before the game against Scotland [on Tuesday]."

Makhaya advertising 'Old bean'.

Ntini, a very fast bowler,he is so full of energy that is so positive and shows very much in his bowling as he bowls those searing seamers and and I-wanna-Keep-You-Interested-Bouncers not to mention the Piercing Yorkers now and then. One might say hostility is his middle name!

A big win!

Ntini celebrating after a success.
With the absence of the senior bowlers like Allan Donald, Ntini has really smoothly moved in with the responsibility of taking the new ball for South Africa. He has never been disappointing and is a 100% man for the team every time. Again, a fine example was when South Africa toured England in 2003 – in the Lord’s test, he became the first Black cricketer from South Africa to get 10 wickets in a match; something laudable by any means. That game was better known for the present skipper’s double ton, that took the game away from England, but Ntini was at his prime, and no less spectacular.

Celebrating after taking a batsman(or more) out.

The fear of Ntini's bowling is the beginning of wisdom.
More Celebration! A winner.

Congratulations! He will be a proud dad of 2 lovely kids.

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