Celebrating Makhaya Ntini
Aside from Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Jonty Rhodes and Gary Kirsten, I've never really liked any South African cricketers. They're either too mechanical, boring to watch (Kirsten qualifies on that front, but I like gritty batting. I love watching the likes of Dravid, Hussain, Atherton, Mark Richardson etc. bat) or do little else bar shooting their mouth off (Graeme Smith). But right now, I really do love watching one South African cricketer on the field - Makhaya Ntini.
He's a real bundle of energy. I've never seen him lose his temper. If he's been belted for four or six, he just gives a glare and returns to his mark almost as quickly as he ran in to bowl. If he's beaten the batsman all ends up, he ... you guessed it ... just gives a glare and returns to his mark almost as quickly as he ran in to bowl. He reminds me a lot of the way Malcolm Marshall, Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose used to react.
Recently he blew away New Zealand at Centurion
and reduced Australia to 93 all out in a one-dayer
Right now, he's probably the leading fast bowler in the world
, improving every year
. He has taken 74 wickets in his last 14 tests, since 2005, averaging 22.8 and a strike rate of 42.6! Telford Vice celebrates Ntini's superb performances of late