When he was a youth, the young Ntini played in a treasured pair of spikes that he was given. However his local ground played on a concrete wicket, thus making the young Ntini bowl very wide of the crease to avoid landing on the concrete. This early habit resulted in Ntini always bowling from very wide, even as a test cricketer. Recently he has become a little straighter but we can still see evidence of his early cricket in his delivery action even today at the age of 32 and his 100th test match.
Just for those who were wondering about his action, i thought the sky commentry team would mention it, but so far nothing!