Tsotsobe praises Ntini

2011-02-11 12:34

Chennai - Left-arm pace bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe paid a generous tribute to Makhaya Ntini on Friday but took pains to avoid comparisons with the pioneer for black South African cricketers.

"He's played a big role for me. I played with him in the franchise system back home. He played a huge role for the black community in South Africa and played a part in my success also," Tsotsobe told a news conference.

Tsotsobe said he would not play the same role as Ntini when South Africa attempt to win the Cricket World Cup for the first time. The tournament opens on February 19.

"I've tried to stop people from saying that I'm filling his shoes," he said.

"I'm a different bowler to Makhaya and I try to use as much variation as possible. I'm not in the team because I'm filling his shoes. I'm doing a different role."

Tsotsobe said his heroes had been left-arm pace bowlers Wasim Akram from Pakistan and Sri Lankan Chaminda Vaas while he now tried to learn from India's Zaheer Khan.

"I have not spoken a lot with Zaheer but the type of bowling he does...I have been watching him a lot. I'll sit down and analyse what he does and I'll try to do the same thing," he said.


  • francois85 - 2011-02-11 12:58

    Thats it Tsotsobe! I like your attitude and I agree your not filling shoes you deserve your spot in the team. Three top paceman up front may make the difference. Just hope you keep you speed up on the slower wickets. Bring back that cup :)

  • G.du Plessis - 2011-02-11 13:04

    Go Tsotsobe! You Steyn and Morkel can destroy line-ups this CWC!

  • Sourboner - 2011-02-11 13:04

    Only thing they will be bringing back from India is a runny tummy

      Vesto - 2011-02-11 13:53

      I agree about running tummies had a look at some pics from Common Wealth Games India needs a lesson on hygiene.However these Boys can bring the Cup home.

  • Cuba - 2011-02-11 13:06

    Good stuff Tsotsobe, I like the attitudue

  • shakie - 2011-02-11 13:08


  • green_goblin - 2011-02-11 14:16

    I'm behind you all the Way Tsotsobe. I like the way you bowl, I think you have an awesome action and I can just see you getting better and better. You're gonna be awesome at the world cup and for many years to come!!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-11 14:39


  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-11 14:21

    Lopsy's gonna be up against the BIG GUNS...I can't see the PrOtEaS bringing the trophy home...

      green_goblin - 2011-02-11 16:21

      Taken out of Obama's book. Yes we can!!! The difference between Tsotsobe and Ntini is Lopsy has a genuine slow ball and not steam down the track. I think he will do well. My opinion

  • scott - 2011-02-11 14:40

    lopsy, u have proved yourself thus far. u have the most beautiful, classical bowling action 4 a left-armer. u, steyn and morne are the ultimate pace line-up on any type of pitch. just increase your pace a bit lol and whats up with your vit accent haha? robin peterson, please fake an injury so we can rightly replace u with a power-hitter.

  • Wow! - 2011-02-11 14:46

    Go for it Tsotsobe - your tight and varied bowling will keep them guessing and having to work hard. Slow pitches are a bit of a bugger BUT we can win.

  • Raymond - 2011-02-11 14:49

    Tsotsobe said "he not would play the same role" as Ntini when South Africa attempt to win the Cricket .... donn't you mean he would not play...

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