The Ntini name is familiar in cricket conversations around the world, but the latest bearer of that wants to make a name for himself as he moves from the Cape to the Titans.
Thando Ntini has already made waves on the domestic scene, playing for the Cape Cobras, but the young paceman says that his switch to the Titans for the 2020-21 season is one that he is looking forward to massively.
‘I feel really excited and keen to be joining the Sky Blues. I think it is a great opportunity to showcase my skill,’ he told the Titans website.
‘I really liked the type of cricket they play; it’s fearless and the amount of experience that I will be surrounded by is just world class. I want to take my cricket to another level and I feel I will achieve that at the Titans.’
Ntini, the son of former Proteas great Makhaya, has also represented his country at U19 level, and now he wants to build on that and take it to the very highest level. Still a teenager, he is looking forward to becoming part of the formidable Titans squad, and see his game develop even further.
Ntini spent the second edition of the Mzansi Super League at the Paarl Rocks, and though he didn’t quite get his chance to play a part on the field, he took plenty from the likes of Henry Davids and skipper Faf du Plessis in the winning team.
‘I’m not a player that likes to pinpoint names,’ he said when asked whom he was looking forward to playing with at Supersport Park Centurion.
‘I’m looking forward to playing with everyone at the Titans and learn from as many players as possible. I’m looking for a good team environment where I can be myself and tap into the minds of all the experienced players, but also not forgetting to have a good time on and off the field with everyone.’
Cricket has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember, and the example from his father is one to which he wants to aspire, on his own path. He has already shown a happy knack for taking wickets at crucial times, and that is a skill the Titans will be happy to harness.
‘I’ve been in love with cricket since I was really, really young and never let it go. Now I just want to keep paving my own way and build my own legacy. My aspirations are to become the best in the world and I will not stop until I get there,’ he added.
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