Lungi Ngidi Biography – South African cricketer who couldn’t afford Batting kit, so became a bowler!
Lungi Ngidi was born on the 29th of March, 1996, in Durban, South Africa. 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 in the 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 started 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 had Kruger Van Dyk, former New Zealand cricketer, who worked closely with him on his game.
Biography of Lungi Ngidi:
|Lungi Ngidi's Profile:|
|Full Name||Lungisani True-man Ngidi|
|Date of Birth||March 29, 1996|
|Age||24 years (in 2020)|
|Birth Place||Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|School||Kloof Junior Primary School
Highbury Preparatory School
|College||University of Pretoria|
|Family & Relationships|
(Died in 2018)
|Bowling Style||Right-arm fast|
|Batting Style||Right-hand bat|
|Major Teams||South Africa, South Africa Under-19s, KwaZulu-Natal Inland Under-19s, Chennai Super Kings, Northerns, Titans, Tshwane Spartans.|
|South Africa vs India at Centurion (January 13, 2018)|
|South Africa vs India at Cape Town (February 7, 2018)|
|South Africa vs Sri Lanka at Centurion (January 20, 2017)|
|First-Class Debut||Northerns vs Border at Centurion (January 5, 2016)|
|List-A Debut||Northerns vs Border at Centurion (January 8, 2016)|
|T-20 Debut||Northerns vs Zimbabwe President's XI at Benoni (September 5, 2015)|
Ngidi’s father’s name was Jerome Ngidi, who died in 2018.
His mother’s name is Bongi Ngidi. Both his parents used to work in the maintenance at the Kloof Junior Primary School. This is the same school from 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.
Lungi Ngidi did his schooling from Kloof Junior Primary School and Highbury Preparatory School. He then went to Hilton College for graduation. And later did his Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Pretoria.
Cricket Career of Lungi 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 3 wickets for just 14 runs in the match. Later, in the year 2016, he made his First-Class debut opposite Border at Centurion where he took just 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.
Almost a year after starting his List-A career, he made his T20I debut against Srilanka, which was later turned out to be a 10-10 overs match. He took 2 wickets in the match for just 12 runs, for which he was rewarded as the man of the match award.
On January 13, 2017, Lungi Ngidi made his Test debut for South Africa opposite India. He picked 7 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.
|Best Bowling |
In 2018, CSK bought 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 a total of 10 wickets in that season, however, he didn’t get the chance to bat in any of the games. Ngidi missed the IPL 2019 season due to his injury.
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.
|Nigidi's IPL Stats:|
Facts about Lungi Ngidi:
- Ngidi started playing cricket at the age of 13.
- Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi are good friends, also had 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″ (193 cm)
Q2: What is the age of Lungi Ngidi?
Ans: 24 years (in 2020)
Q3: Who is the father of Lungi Ngidi?
Ans: Jerome Ngidi
Q4: Where did Lungi Ngidi go to school?
Ans: Kloof Junior Primary School, Highbury Preparatory School, and Hilton College.
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