Makhaya Ntini made history as the first black South African cricketer to play a five-day test on the 19th of March 1998. This was quite an achievement given the fact that in 1994 South Africa held its first democratic elections.
The South African cricketer went on to have a stellar career as an international player. Besides being the first black player to play in a test he was the first ever black player to represent South Africa in cricket.
He had a run-in with the law when he was convicted of assaulting a woman but the conviction was later overturned on appeal.
Ntini proved that he was as good as his white counterparts when he became the third SA cricketer to take 300 wickets after Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald.
His career for the Proteas spanned 101 Tests and he took a total of 390 wickets.
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