ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi says his team is ready for 'exciting' clash against India

Lungi Ngidi expressed that South Africa are eager to give a tough competition to India in their ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 clash on 5 June in Southampton.

Asian News International, May 19, 2019 18:29:12 IST

Dubai: Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi expressed that a full-strength South Africa is eager to give a tough competition to India when the teams meet at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup on 5 June in Southampton.

India had defeated South Africa with a 5-1 margin when the two teams last met in early 2018. During the bilateral series, South Africa were without its key players with Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock all ruled out and were led by stand-in captain Aiden Markram.

Lungi Ngidi has 34 ODI wickets under his belt at an average of 21.64. Reuters

Lungi Ngidi has 34 ODI wickets under his belt at an average of 21.64. Reuters

"I believe we owe them one. I'm looking forward to India. When they came here, they had a good series against us. So in my mind, I believe we owe them one. It would be a very exciting game for me. I'm sure it will be for all the guys as well," ICC quoted Ngidi, as saying.

"They're a great team, don't take that away from them. But when they had a good series here, we were missing a few players. With those guys back, we'll see how it evens out a bit," he added.

The 23-year-old, who is just 18 ODI matches old, further said that he dreams of winning the World Cup tournament. "Since I started this journey in international cricket, it's something that was always brought to my attention: that there's a World Cup coming, and am I looking to be within that squad? And now I'm here, and there's no turning back. Nothing but excitement going there, and it would be a dream come true to win that World Cup and bring it back to South African soil," he said.

The right-arm pacer has 34 ODI wickets under his belt at an average of 21.64. Ngidi feels England would be carrying the pressure for being the hosts when the two teams meet in the curtain-raiser on 30 May at The Oval.

"We're well aware that they're probably under a lot more pressure than we are. They're hosts, they're considered to be favourites and that's an advantage for us. We obviously want to win, and if we do, it would send a massive statement," he said.

Updated Date: May 19, 2019 18:29:12 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 5 4 0 1 9
England 5 4 1 0 8
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
India 4 3 0 1 7
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 6 1 4 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 5 0 5 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254