Immediately following the Twenty20 game between India and South Africa on Sunday, Jan 9, Cricket South Africa honoured its fast bowler Makhya Ntini, who had played his last international game, and Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar for his outstanding contribution to the growth of the game worldwide.
Ntini was given a bowling-machine for his academy and a memento. He spurred on the crowd with an emotive speech in which he expressed much gratitude and satisfaction.
"These were lovely 12 years. I thank everyone who supported me. I appreciate my wife, children, my mom who came as support. "And you Indian guys, Sachin, it was privilege to play this game with you."
Tendulkar who was also given the microphone on receiving his award, responded favourably to Ntini's compliment during the latter's felicitation.
"I thank CSA for this gesture," said Tendulkar. "I am truly humbled. Makhya is a great champion. Terrific bowler. Till the last ball you did not let me relax but now I can that you have retired."
Makhaya Ntini has taken 390 wickets from 101 Tests at an average of 28.82. But he says he has no regrets about not reaching the magical 400-wicket mark. Ntini has taken 10 wickets in Tests on 4 occasions and 18 times, has he taken 5-wicket hauls.
He has also been a handy ODI players, getting a tally of 266 wickets from 173 matches at an impressive average of 24.65 and ana economy rate of just over 4.5. He has rounded off his career with a smattering of T20 matches, taking 6 wickets from 10 international matches in the format.