Lungisani Ngidi

South Africa

Personal Information
Mar 29, 1996 (24 years)
Birth Place
Durban, Natal
Batting Style
Right Handed Bat
Bowling Style
Right-arm fast
ICC Rankings
                              Test         ODI      T20
Batting                   —            —             —
Bowling                 55           18           57
Career Information
South Africa, South Africa U19, Titans, South Africa A, Benoni Zalmi, Chennai Super Kings, Tshwane Spartans, World XI
Lungisani Ngidi, together with Kagiso Rabada, is the face of South Africa’s prospective fast-bowling attack. Standing tall at 1.93m, Ngidi is capable of bowling in excess of 140 kph, seaming…

Batting Career Summary
M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 8 13 7 42 14 7.0 87 48.28 0 0 0 8 0
ODI 26 9 6 47 19 15.67 66 71.21 0 0 0 4 2
T20I 16 4 1 7 4 2.33 15 46.67 0 0 0 0 0
IPL 11
Bowling Career Summary
M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 8 15 1183 640 24 6/39 7/90 3.25 26.67 49.29 1 0
ODI 26 26 1230 1140 53 6/58 6/58 5.56 21.51 23.21 1 0
T20I 16 16 320 477 28 4/19 4/19 8.94 17.04 11.43 0 0
IPL 11 11 252 323 20 4/10 4/10 7.69 16.15 12.6 0 0
Career Information
Test debut
vs India at SuperSport Park, Jan 13, 2018
Last Test
vs Pakistan at National Stadium, Jan 26, 2021
ODI debut
vs India at Newlands, Feb 07, 2018
Last ODI
vs Australia at Mangaung Oval, Mar 04, 2020
T20 debut
vs Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park, Jan 20, 2017
Last T20
vs England at Newlands, Dec 01, 2020
IPL debut
vs Delhi Capitals at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Apr 30, 2018
Last IPL
vs Punjab Kings at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Nov 01, 2020
Lungisani Ngidi, together with Kagiso Rabada, is the face of South Africa’s prospective fast-bowling attack. Standing tall at 1.93m, Ngidi is capable of bowling in excess of 140 kph, seaming it either way, and can keep the batsmen honest on the back foot with mean short-pitched deliveries. He is also known to bowl the heavy ball with a open-chested bowling run-up.

Ngidi made his Test debut against India at Centurion in January 2018, coming in for Dale Steyn, who had injured his heel in the first Test at Newlands, Cape Town. He finished with the perfect script, nabbing a six-fer on debut and impressing everyone with his pace, hostility and attitude. He famously set up a rampant Virat Kohli in his debut Test, bowling three balls outside off before angling one on the pads and trapping India’s captain plumb in front, thereby helping South Africa win the Test and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Ngidi made his Twenty20 International debut against Sri Lanka at Centurion in January 2017 and was named Player of the Match for his bowling figures of 2-0-12-2. He was named a part of the One-Day International squad that faced Sri Lanka later that month too, but was later ruled out of the series due to left abdominal muscle strain.

Hung over from the success in the Test series against India, Ngidi made his ODI debut against the same opposition at Newlands but came up short, with bowling figures of 0/47 in India’s convincing 124-run win. Ngidi continues to be an important part of South Africa’s limited-overs blueprint, although his fitness does remain a worry.

Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada form the crux of the South African pace attack. The fortunes of their country’s journey rely on their young shoulders. Ngidi has been in and out of the side this year due to injuries. He also missed the 2019 Indian Premier League with a side strain. Injuries has been part and parcel of Ngidi’s career and his hamstring flare-up resulted in the speedster missing a few matches in the showpiece 2019 World Cup – a tournament to forget for himself and his team. He featured in only one season for CSK in the IPL, but made an instant impact as the Men in Yellow clinched the title that year (2018). When fit, he is an automatic selection as one of the pacers and will add much-needed firepower to the side. He will have to compete with Australia’s Josh Hazlewood for a spot.