Ngidi says the Proteas have a score to settle with India at CWC

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Proteas seamer Lungi Ngidi has said that he feels South Africa have a score to settle with India after they suffered a bilateral ODI series to the number two ranked side last year.

India won both the ODI and T20I series in South Africa after going down 2-1 in a hard-fought Test series but Ngidi feels the Proteas were missing key players in that series.

The quick, who missed the IPL due to injury, is looking forward to meeting India in what will be the Proteas third World Cup assignment but the first for Virat Kohli’s side.

“I’m looking forward to India,” Ngidi was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo . “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.”

In that series injuries to senior players Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock saw Aiden Markram thrust into leading the side. De Villiers has since retired but Du Plessis and De Kock ended the IPL strongly and are expected to lead the Proteas top order.

“They’re a great team, don’t take that away from them,” Ngidi said of Kohli’s charges. “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.”

Ngidi has spoken before about how he feels the chokers tag doesn’t apply to this Proteas side. The fast bowler said that winning the World Cup would be a dream come true but just getting there is fulfillment enough.

“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?” Ngidi added.

“And now I’m here, and there’s no turning back now. 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.”

Proteas World Cup fixtures

30 May v England, The Oval
2 June v Bangladesh, The Oval
5 June v India, Rose Bowl
10 June v West Indies, Rose Bowl
15 June v Afghanistan, Sophia Gardens
19 June v New Zealand, Edgbaston
23 June v Pakistan, Lord’s
28 June v Sri Lanka, Chester-le-Street
6 July v Australia, Old Trafford

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