• Ngidi: Boucher understands me

    A general lack of consistency in the Proteas coaching staff hasn’t necessarily fazed fast bowler Lungi Ngidi.

    Ngidi has worked under former head coaches Russell Domingo and Ottis Gibson and, more recently, interim team director Enoch Nkwe since debuting in January 2018.

    ‘Every player would love to have something like the consistency of one mentor, but it’s not happening at the moment,’ he said.

    ‘There’s not much you can do about it as a player and until someone is appointed, you’ve got to work with whoever is there at the time. It is nice as a player to work with a coach for a long period of time.’

    Ngidi is part of the Tshwane Spartans squad for the 2019 Mzansi Super League. Former Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Mark Boucher is the Spartans’ coach and also works with Ngidi at the Titans.

    ‘Boucher and I have worked together since I played for the Proteas and I feel he is one of the guys that understands me as a player,’ added Ngidi.

    ‘He may not be a bowling coach, but he knows what gets me ticking mentally. And that’s very comforting for me because I know where to go if I am struggling.’

    The 23-year-old right-armer has weathered a few injuries this year, including a hurt hamstring during the World Cup in the United Kingdom – and a side strain prior to the Indian Premier League.

    ‘You can tell yourself that you will stay fit, but you never know what’s going to happen to the field. You never know that you are going to tear a hamstring until it happens,’ he added.

    ‘You always want to finish the season unscathed, but I will just take it one game at a time and see what happens from there.’

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