South African seamer Lungi Ngidi was not happy with the unresponsive wicket on day one of the first Test match between India and South Africa at the Centurion. Ngidi said that the lack of swing forced the hosts to change the plans.
He took all the three wickets on day one as India reached 272-3. KL Rahul’s classy hundred and his opening stand of 117 with Mayank Agarwal was the highlight of the day. Lungi dismissed Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli.
“To be honest, we expected more from the pitch in the morning; I expected more swing, but it didn’t happen, and then we had to change plans. You really have to be accurate with your lengths; if you’re too short, it gives the batters time, but if you’re too full they can drive easily.”
Ngidi also said that he began finding his rhythm from the West Lane End.
“I got a bit better rhythm bowling from the West Lane End. and at lunch. I actually asked to be switched to that side. Sometimes you have to be patient because other guys want to have a go from a particular end, but once I got to bowl from that end, I started finding better lengths.”