Makhaya Ntini and Indian support staff after Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini and Indian support staff after Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
South Africa's Makhaya Ntini shakes hands with India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the end of the Twenty20 cricket match at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: AP
South Africa's Makhaya Ntini shakes hands with India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the end of the Twenty20 cricket match at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: AP
Makhaya Ntini after the Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini after the Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: The Mercury
Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: The Mercury
Makhaya Ntini signs a stump for MS Dhoni during Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini signs a stump for MS Dhoni during Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini blows a kiss to his fans after the Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini blows a kiss to his fans after the Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: The Mercury
Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: The Mercury
Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: The Mercury
Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: The Mercury
A cricket fan holds a placard with a drawing of Makhaya Ntini on it after playing his final international cricket match at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: AP
A cricket fan holds a placard with a drawing of Makhaya Ntini on it after playing his final international cricket match at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: AP
Makhaya Ntini takes pictures with fans after the Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini takes pictures with fans after the Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini gestures after the Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini gestures after the Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: The Mercury
Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: The Mercury
Makhaya Ntini acknowledges fans after the Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini acknowledges fans after the Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Gert Oosthuisen and Makhaya Ntini shake hands during Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Gert Oosthuisen and Makhaya Ntini shake hands during Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini runs out during Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini runs out during Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini hugs India's Suresh Raina at the end of the Twenty20 cricket match at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: AP
Makhaya Ntini hugs India's Suresh Raina at the end of the Twenty20 cricket match at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: AP
Makhaya Ntini shakes hands with his teammates after the Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
Makhaya Ntini shakes hands with his teammates after the Standard Bank Pro20 international match between South Africa and India at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
South Africa and India after their Standard Bank Pro20 international match at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images
South Africa and India after their Standard Bank Pro20 international match at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Makhaya Ntini made an emotional farewell to international cricket during the Twenty20 international 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. Photo: Gallo Images

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.