Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi has praised the contribution bowling coach Charl Langeveldt has made since joining up with the team ahead of England’s tour to South Africa in December.
Langeveldt’s addition to the coaching staff came with the announcement of Mark Boucher as new head coach of the Proteas as part of Cricket South Africa’s move away from a horrible year of cricket in 2019.
Ngidi, though, who missed the Test series against the English but featured in the limited-overs series against them and Australia this year, has been enjoying Langeveldt’s impact on him and the other bowlers in the team.
Having recovered from a lengthy injury lay-off, Ngidi was one of the Proteas’ star bowlers this summer and instrumental in the ODI series win over Australia.
‘Having Langeveldt back has been really good for me,’ said Ngidi.
‘He is really supportive, he encourages the way I think, so as a bowler I feel really comfortable with executing my plans. He understands and he has been there before and I think that helps that he has been in situations where you have the ball and you have to deviate from the gameplan.’
The 45-year-old Langeveldt was named as Bangladesh’s bowling coach in July last year but was lured back to the Proteas.
And, according to Ngidi, Langeveldt’s experience and skills has rubbed off on himself and the other bowlers.
‘He’s got a lot of knowledge and he is a very skillful bowler, so it has helped my cricket a lot. I think it has just helped me play my way and take a lot of wickets,’ Ngidi said.
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