Mahkaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket at the Moses Mabhida Stadium during the Twenty20 international being played between South Africa and India. Ntini turned out for the Proteas in front of a sell-out crowd of 50 000 fans, the biggest to watch a cricket match in Africa. The 33-year-old was born in Mdingi in the Eastern Cape and moved to King Williamstown’s Dale College where he developed his game. He was selected for the under-19 team to tour England under then-captain Neil McKenzie and his team mates included Boeta Dippenaar, Ashwell Prince and Mark Boucher.

In South Africa he will be remembered not only for his cricketing achievements but for his colourful, exuberant personality and a model of discipline and dedication. He has been a role model, a hero and a source of upliftment for millions.