Makhaya Ntini may have had a disappointing ICC World Cup in the West Indies, but he remains one of South Africa's best-loved sportsmen. His emergence as the first black player to represent South Africa at international level has seen the profile of cricket being raised immeasurably in what is chiefly a soccer-mad country. Hailing from the Eastern Cape village of Mdingi, Ntini developed his cricket talent while on a scholarship at Dale College in King William's Town. He was selected for the national squad to tour Australia in 1997 and made his international debut early in 1998, also making his Test debutlater that same year. In 2003, images of Ntini kissing the pitch were beamed around the world after he became the first South African to take 10 wickets in a Test at Lord's, a feat achieved by just nine other bowlers in cricket history. He topped that with 13 wickets for 132 runs against the West Indies in Trinidad in 2005, the best figures to date by a South African bowler in a Test match. Since then, the 29-year-old has passed many other milestones, one of which was becoming only the third South African to take 300 Test wickets, when he dismissed Pakistan's Mohammed Sami earlier this year.
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