Lungisani Ngidi Biography
Lungisani Ngidi is a South African right-arm fast bowler known for his versatility. The 21 year old is comfortable in opening the bowling as well bowling death overs.
Born on 29th March 1996 in Durban, the South African has the capability to bowl at speeds over 140 km/h consistently and can trouble the batsmen with his short pitch deliveries.
He was awarded the Man of the Match awards on his Test debut against India, where he scalped 6 wickets for 39 runs in the second innings.
Ngidi began playing at a very young age and was involved in provincial cricket starting from the U13 format.
He made his debut in South Africa’s domestic circuit in 2015 playing for Northerns. Soon after his debut for the team, Ngidi was included in Northerns T20 squad for 2015 Africa T20 Cup.
He finished as the second highest wicket taker in the tournament, taking 6 wickets at an average of 12.5. Consequently, he was named the Africa T20 cup player of the year in 2016.
Ngidi’s international debut came in the T20 format in the year 2017 at against Sri Lanka.
Bowling brilliantly, he took two wickets to carry South Africa to a win and was awarded the Man of the Match award for the same.
Ngidi’s Test debut came against India in 2018 at the age of 21. Impressing again on his debut, Ngidi turned heads with his pace and bounce.
He took 6 wickets in the second innings which included the vital wicket of the Indian captain, Virat Kohli.
Following a phenomenal Test debut, Ngidi was also included for the ODI series against India.
However he was expensive, giving away 47 runs in 6 overs without taking a wicket.
Following an exceptional performance in the 2015 Africa T20 cup, Ngidi was bought by Titans for the 2015-2016 season. Titans ended up winning both the seasons while Ngidi emerged as a central figure.
In the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League, Ngidi has been bought by Chennai Super Kings for 50 Lakhs.
Ngidi is one of South Africa’s promising cricketers and it will be interesting to see how the South African bowling sensation fares in the coming years.