South Africa have a bigger challenge set in front as far as the 2019 World Cup is concerned as they would opening their campaign by facing two of the strongest and probable favourites, England and India on May 30 and June 5 respectively. The latter team did actually humiliate them in the last ODI series, where South Africa being the home team lost to India 1-5. However, during that six-match series, many of the big Proteas players were injured and thus they sat out of the majority matches. But this time the matters can be different and South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi is also looking forward to the battle.
"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," quoted Lungi Ngidi.
"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.
It would send a massive statement
South Africa would also be aware of the challenge they have to face before the India game. Ngidi reckons that the pressure would be certainly be on the hosts and if South Africa are able to beat England then it will be a “massive statement”. "We are well aware that they are probably under a lot more pressure than we are; they are 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, if it's not a win it doesn't throw us out of the tournament," noted Ngidi.
Ngidi, who is current struggling to recover from an injury along with fellow pace bowling mates Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn, stated that his team is not focussing much on what kind of pitches will be there in England. "People like to see high totals, so they will probably prepare wickets as best as they can to see that. We are not too worried about a flat pitch, on any given day (the opposition) could be three down quickly and then the wicket won't seem so flat,” the pacer mentioned.
"One thing that we usually talk about is that the conditions determine how you bowl on the day. It will determine the lengths, the different balls you bowl. Ottis (Gibson) has told all of us we need to be ready at any time to bowl. The way we play is to try and take wickets at any stage of the game, it's the only way to keep teams to a low total. That gives us the best chance of winning," Ngidi concluded.