Picture of Makhaya Ntini

Makhaya Ntini

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast
Played for:
South Africa, ICC World XI, Border, Border and Eastern Province XI, Kent, South Africa A, Warwickshire, Chennai, South Africa Under-19, Warriors
Roles played:
Bowler
Home country:
South Africa
Born:
July 06, 1977, Mdingi, nr King William's Town, Cape Province

Profile

One of the most symbolic fixtures for cricket fans at the turn of the millennium was the three-pronged South African attack involving legends Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock, along with the emerging force of Makhaya Ntini. The triplets combined to make the Proteas one of the most varied and devastating bowling attacks in its time. As the apprentice in the group, Ntini was often deployed as first change. A first glimpse was provided in his debut against Sri Lanka in 1998 where his first inning yielded 1/57 from 10 overs, while his second recorded immediate improvement with a 1/17 from 6.

Running with a focused run-up, using the full width of the pitch, Ntini created as much angle to bowl his trademark inswingers that attacked the batsman. He functioned on the basic you miss, I hit principle. When later promoted to open the bowling with Pollock, it proved to be the right mix; Ntini’s attacking style and the Pollock’s patient tenacity, never allowing batsmen to settle into a frame of mind. As Makhaya progressed through the ranks, he quickly learnt the containment side of bowling and added economy to his spells. With historic wicket-hauls to constantly earn his backing, Ntini remained with the team for up to 9 years, overseeing retirements of Donald and Pollock and forming a bowling partnership with the promising Dale Steyn.

Ntini’s most memorable displays were at Lord’s in 2003, when he took 5 wickets in each inning to burden England with an innings defeat. Two years hence, he bettered that 10 wicket haul with a 13/132 against West Indies in Port of Spain. A year later, in 2006, his 6/22 against Australia at home thumped the Aussies to a record ODI defeat. In 2009, during Ntini’s lowest runs of form, he featured in his centenary Test outing against England at Centurion. It was a grand moment for the Proteas, celebrating a player who is one of the best ambassadors of sport for post-Apartheid South Africa.


Fast Facts

  • Makhaya Ntini is the first ethnically black player for South Africa.
  • Overall, Ntini is South Africa’s second highest wicket taker behind Pollock, with 390 Test scalps.
  • His 10 wicket haul at Lord’s in 2003 is the first for a South African bowler at the Mecca of Cricket.
  • Ntini’s 13/132 against West Indies in 2005 is the best Test bowling figures for a South African.
  • It took Ntini 66 Test innings to score 500 Test runs, the second slowest behind Glenn McGrath.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 101 116 699 45 9.84 48.57 0 0 32*
ODI 173 47 199 24 8.65 66.77 0 0 42*
T20 10 4 10 2 5 90.90 0 0 5
IPL 9 2 11 1 11 61.11 0 0 11
CLT20 6 0 0 - 0 0 0
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 101 190 20834 11242 390 7/37 / 28.82 3.23 19 18 4 177
ODI 173 171 8687 6559 266 6/22 / 24.65 4.53 8 4 0 209
T20 10 10 192 298 6 2/22 / 49.66 9.31 0 0 0 6
IPL 9 9 210 242 7 4/21 / 34.57 6.91 1 0 0 3
CLT20 6 6 120 178 5 2/33 / 35.6 8.9 0 0 0 3
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 25 0 3
ODI 30 0 9
T20 2 0 2
IPL 1 0 2

Career

Span:
Test:
1998-2009
 
ODI:
1998-2009
 
T20:
2005-2011
 
IPL:
2008-2008
 
CLT20:
2010-2010
Test
Debut:
South Africa Vs Sri Lanka at Newlands, Cape Town - Mar 19, 1998
Last played:
South Africa Vs England at Kingsmead, Durban - Dec 26, 2009
ODI
Debut:
South Africa Vs New Zealand at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth - Western Australia - Jan 16, 1998
Last played:
South Africa Vs Australia at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Apr 17, 2009
T20
Debut:
South Africa Vs New Zealand at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Oct 21, 2005
Last played:
South Africa Vs India at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban - Jan 09, 2011
IPL
Debut:
Chennai Vs Delhi at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk), Chennai (Madras) - May 02, 2008
Last played:
Chennai Vs Rajasthan at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai - Jun 01, 2008
CLT20
Debut:
Warriors Vs Wayamba at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth - Sep 11, 2010
Last played:
Warriors Vs Chennai at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Sep 26, 2010
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