Makhaya Ntini’s Son Thando Takes Four Wickets On His Proteas U19 Debut, Leading SA To Victory

The apple has not fallen very far from the tree at all. Aged just 17, Thando Ntini has already shown that he can be every bit as ferocious as his old man was in his prime.

Makhaya’s lad has been fast-tracked into the U19 side, and he certainly looked at home on the international stage. His four-wicket blitz in Durban reduced the West Indies to 222-8, which SA’s batsmen charged down with 53 balls to spare in a five-wicket win.

Thando’s debut comes 22 years after his father’s at the same level, and the signs are very encouraging for Ntini junior: Though he plays his cricket for Wynberg High School, he has been working closely with the Western Cape Academy.

Niels Momberg is Cricket South Africa’s Head of Tertiary and Youth, and has been very impressed by Thando’s ability:

“Thando hits good areas regularly and nips the ball around, thereby creating pressure. I think he can bowl at 135 km/h once he grows a bit stronger. Sure, he is Makhaya Ntini’s son, but what really strikes me is his natural talent.”

“One other thing I like about him is his action. He has a very good action,” Momberg commented. He is a very focused young man and he wants to go the distance, without the aid of his father.”

The young bowler has caught the eye of Western Province Academy coach Siya Sibiya, who has helped propel Thando into the under 19’s. Sibiya has been very encouraged by his ‘all-rounder’ potential, after notching up some decent scores playing in trial games for Colts.

His attitude and self-discipline may yet prove to be his greatest asset, though. Coaches have been overwhelmed by the dedication he’s shown to his fitness regime.

Thando been getting up at 6am every morning at boarding school to hit the sprint track, and does four long-distance runs to the academy from Wynberg every week.

Having the talent is half the battle, but Thando clearly has the application too. It took Makhaya Ntini three years to make the transition from U-19’s to a senior test debut: There is nothing that suggests his son won’t get there even quicker.


VIA  ESPNCricinfo
Source: SuperSport

Written by How South Africa

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