Multiply Titans stars Aiden Markram and Lungi Ngidi have been earmarked for great things by the highly-respected cricketing publication, Wisden Monthly.
The tearaway fast bowler and the top-order batsman were both named in the publication’s 50 Best Young Players in the World, in their August issue. The list is topped by Proteas spearhead Kagiso Rabada, with Markram slotted in third place.
Markram’s rise to prominence came in his first summer of international cricket, and was headlined by sparkling displays against Australia,including a magnificent 152 at The Wanderers, which all but secured the series.
His display in Durban, when South Africa had their backs to the wall, was also one that showed his potential for the big time. Markram has endured a tough winter in Sri Lanka, but he is expected to turn that corner and build on his Test credentials over the South African summer, which will see visits form Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Ngidi, meanwhile, made a huge impression on debut, helping himself to 7 for 90 against India, on a memorable day on his home patch at Centurion. The powerfully built Ngidi has made a habit of doing well on debut, as he also took man of the match award when he launched his T20 International career.
The early evidence from both suggests that they will have huge futures in the national team, and the endorsement from an authority as lofty] as Wisden speaks volumes of what is anticipated from them in years to come.
Markram had already achieved on the international stage for South Africa even before he became a Protea, as he captained the SA under-19 side to a World Cup triumph in 2014. Ngidi would have been in that squad, too, but for injury.
Their next major assignment may well be in the 2019 ICC World Cup, where they are anticipated to play leading roles in South Africa’s search for a maiden, senior world crown.