India in SA

Ntini bows out with few regrets

2011-01-08 20:15
Makhaya Ntini (Gallo Images)

Durban - South Africa cricket icon Makhaya Ntini will depart the international stage Sunday with few regrets after a Twenty20 showdown against India.

"I wanted to overtake Shaun (Pollock) as the highest Test wicket taker in the national team and representing my country 100 times was not the memorable occasion it could have been," he admitted here.

Ntini, the first black African to represent South Africa at cricket, had to settle for second place on the wickets roll of honour, capturing 390 in 101 Tests at an average of 28.82 before being axed from the team just over a year ago.

And bowling the final over against England, he could not snatch the wicket that would have brought his team victory and made his 100th Test appearance a memorable occasion.

But the former herd boy from the Eastern Cape is thrilled to be saying a belated goodbye before a 50,000 crowd including President Jacob Zuma at 2010 FIFA World Cup venue Moses Mabhida Stadium.

"It will be emotional saying goodbye to something you love. It will be one of those days that you will never forget," said the 32-year-old, who hopes to build an academy in Indian Ocean town East London.

"This is my last game for my country, my last chance at international level to show what I am capable of. A full stadium, worldwide television coverage. It will be a great moment."

Another great moment was his debut for South Africa 12 years ago against Sri Lanka at Newlands in the shadow of Table Mountain, and he signalled his arrival on the world scene with a couple of wickets.

"That Test stands out for me, whatever I might have achieved since. My aim was to wear the green and gold cap. I believe the first Test appearance is a special moment for every cricketer."

Read more on:    makhaya ntini
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Cool Cobras see off Knights

2014-10-22 23:08

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
47 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Red Bull Lionheart trail run - not for the fainthearted!

Entries are open, so what are you waiting for?

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Adventure holidays for your bucket list
Top 10 water sports to try before you die
6 impressive camping tips
LOL! The 8 stages of marathon running
Fixtures
23 October 2014
New Zealand v South Africa, Mount Maunganui 23:30
26 October 2014
New Zealand v South Africa, Hamilton 23:30
05 November 2014
Australia v South Africa, Adelaide Oval 10:35
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

Jacques Kallis' decision to retire from Test cricket after the Boxing Day match against India is...

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.