Lungi Ngidi Biography, Age, Height, Family, Wife, IPL, Stats & Facts

Lungi Ngidi Biography – South African cricketer who couldn’t afford a Batting kit so became a bowler!

Family Background of Lungi Ngidi:

Lungi Ngidi was born on the 29th of March, 1996, in Durban, South Africa.  His father’s name was Jerome Ngidi, who died in 2018.

Lungi Ngidi with his father and mother

His mother’s name is Bongi Ngidi. Both his parents used to work in the maintenance at the Kloof Junior Primary School, the same school where Ngidi did his initial schooling. A fun fact is that they both witnessed their son’s Test debut on a TV placed in the Kloof Junior Primary School.


He did his schooling at Kloof Junior Primary School and Highbury Preparatory School. He then went to Hilton College for graduation. After that, he completed his Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Pretoria.

Early Life:

After completing his schooling, he received a scholarship from Hilton College.

There he used to play sports like rugby, football, cricket, and swimming. Although he was good at studies and other sports, he chose cricket on one of his coaches’ advice.


Then, he started playing cricket under the guidance of Sean Carlisle, a coach at the Hilton College. By the time he was 15, he had begun playing for the junior national teams.

Later, he moved to Pretoria, as Pierre de Bruyn, former South African cricketer, convinced him to play for Tuks. There, he played under Kruger Van Dyk, former New Zealand cricketer, who worked closely with him on his game.

Biography of Lungi Ngidi:

Lungi Ngidi's Profile:
Personal Life
Full NameLungisani True-man Ngidi
Date of BirthMarch 29, 1996
Age28 years 2 months (in June, 2024)
NationalitySouth African
Zodiac/Sun SignAries
Birth PlaceDurban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
SchoolKloof Junior Primary School
Highbury Preparatory School
Hilton College
CollegeUniversity of Pretoria
Physical Stats
Height6ft. 3"
(193 cm)
WeightNot known
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
Family & Relationships
FatherJerome Ngidi
(Died in 2018)
MotherBongi Ngidi
SiblingsNot known
Marital StatusUnmarried
GirlfriendNot known
Playing RoleBowler
Bowling StyleRight-arm fast
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Major TeamsSouth Africa, South Africa Under-19s, KwaZulu-Natal Inland Under-19s, Chennai Super Kings, Northerns, Titans, Tshwane Spartans, Delhi Capitals
Test Debut
South Africa vs India at Centurion (January 13, 2018)
ODI Debut
South Africa vs India at Cape Town (February 7, 2018)
T20I DebutSouth Africa vs Sri Lanka at Centurion (January 20, 2017)
First-Class DebutNortherns vs Border at Centurion (January 5, 2016)
List-A DebutNortherns vs Border at Centurion (January 8, 2016)
T-20 DebutNortherns vs Zimbabwe President's XI at Benoni (September 5, 2015)

Cricket Career of Ngidi:

On September 25, 2013, he made his under-19s debut for South Africa against India, where he picked a wicket for 36 runs with an economy of 9.39.


In 2015, Lungi Ngidi made his T20 debut for the Northerns. He took three wickets for just 14 runs in the match. Later, in 2016, he made his First-Class debut opposite Border at Centurion, where he took only one wicket.

Two days after his First-Class debut, he started his List-A career against the same team. He couldn’t take any wicket in the match; however, he did bowl very well in that match.

International Cricket:

Almost a year after starting his List-A career, Lungi Ngidi made his T20I debut against Srilanka, which later turned out to be a 10-10 overs match. He took two wickets in the game for just 12 runs, for which he won the man of the match award.


On the 13th of January, 2017, he made his Test debut for South Africa opposite India. He picked seven wickets in that match, which made him win the man of the match award. Later, in February 2018, he made his ODI debut against the same team.

IPL Career of Ngidi:

In 2018, CSK bought Lungi Ngidi at his base price of 50 lakh INR for the 2018 IPL season. He made his IPL debut against Delhi Capitals. He took the wicket of Rishabh Pant on his debut match.


In his 5th match of the season, against KXIP, he took his first IPL’s 4-wickets-haul, including the wickets of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. He took ten wickets in that season but didn’t get a chance to bat the whole season.

He missed IPL 2019 season due to his injury; however, the franchise retained him for IPL 2020 and IPL 2021. Delhi Capitals (DC) picked him at the auction for IPL 2022.

The same year, in November 2019, he played for the Tshwane Spartans in the Mzansi Super League 2019 with the likes of AB de Villiers, Tom Curran, and Morne Morkel.

IPL Stats:
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Facts about Lungi Ngidi:

  • He started playing cricket at the age of 13.
Lungi with Kagiso Rabada
  • Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi are good friends; they also played a lot of school cricket together.
  • He used to represent his college rugby team before getting down in the cricket.
  • In 2016, he won the Africa T20 Cup player of the year.
  • His favorite bowlers are Makhaya Ntini, Andre Nel, and Dale Steyn.

Frequently asked questions on Google:

Q1: What is the height of Lungi Ngidi?

Ans: 6ft 3″ (1.93m or 193 cm)

Q2: What is the age of Ngidi?

Ans: 28 years 2 months (in June, 2024)

Q3: For what team Lungi plays in IPL?

Ans: Lungi has been playing for the CSK since IPL 2018.

Q4: Who is the girlfriend of Lungi Ngidi?

Ans: Not known

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