Intimidating sports figures

31 Jan

Josh Hazlewood, December 2014 Australian seamer Josh Hazlewood made his Test debut against India at Brisbane in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and decimated the tourists’ middle-order, dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni, to finish with 5/68.

He had a match haul of 7/142 which eventually proved decisive in a four-wicket victory for the hosts.

That this world-beating, No 2 Test line-up was built largely from 9.1 per cent of their population blows your mind.

He became the first Bangladesh bowler to pick up a five-for on ODI debut.But this isn't the only factor which favours Ngidi's inclusion.India would do well to remember that South Africa's debutant fast bowlers have done a sensational job on debut.The 2011 census figures in South Africa rate their ethnic groups at the following percentages: Africans (blacks) at 76.4 per cent, coloured at 8.9 per cent, whites at 9.1 per cent, Asians at 2.5 per cent and others at 0.5 per cent.The focus of transformation was always on “increasing black African players", whose progress came to a grinding halt since South Africa's readmission into world cricket post apartheid.