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Lungi Ngidi

Lungi Ngidi
Ngidi in 2023
Personal information
Full name
Lungisani True-man Ngidi
Born (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 28)
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)[1]
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 334)13 January 2018 v India
Last Test26 December 2022 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 126)7 February 2018 v India
Last ODI05 November 2023 v India
ODI shirt no.22
T20I debut (cap 67)20 January 2017 v Sri Lanka
Last T20I3 September 2023 v Australia
T20I shirt no.22
Domestic team information
2018–2021Chennai Super Kings
2022–presentDelhi Capitals
2023 - presentPaarl Royals
2023-presentSan Francisco Unicorns
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 17 54 40 31
Runs scored 89 91 33 142
Batting average 4.94 13.00 6.60 5.68
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 19 19* 13* 19
Balls bowled 2,315 2,518 785 4,062
Wickets 51 85 60 90
Bowling average 23.37 27.95 20.23 24.08
5 wickets in innings 3 1 1 6
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 6/39 6/58 5/39 6/37
Catches/stumpings 7/– 14/– 8/– 12/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 1 November 2023

Lungisani True-man Ngidi (born 29 March 1996) is a South African professional cricketer who plays for the South Africa national cricket team.[2] In the 2018 South African Cricket Annual Awards, he was named as one of the five Cricketers of the Year.[3][4] In July 2020, Ngidi was named both ODI and T20I cricketer of the year at Cricket South Africa's annual awards ceremony.[5]

Early life

Ngidi was raised in Kloof, Durban and received a scholarship to attend Highbury Preparatory School. While growing up, Ngidi's mother was a domestic worker and his father was a maintenance worker at a local school. Ngidi received a scholarship to attend Hilton College School. During his first three years at Hilton, Ngidi represented Hilton at rugby before he stopped to focus on cricket. While at Hilton, Ngidi was coached by the former Zimbabwe all-rounder Neil Johnson.[6][7]

After graduating from Hilton, Ngidi enrolled in a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Industrial Sociology at the University of Pretoria.[8]

Domestic and T20 franchise career

Ngidi was included in the Northerns cricket team for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup.[9] In July 2016 Cricket South Africa named him as the Africa T20 Cup player of the year.[10] In August 2017, he was named in Benoni Zalmi's squad for the first season of the T20 Global League.[11] However, in October 2017, Cricket South Africa initially postponed the tournament until November 2018, with it being cancelled soon after.[12]

In January 2018, Ngidi was bought by the Chennai Super Kings in the 2018 IPL auction.[13] In October 2018, he was named in Tshwane Spartans' squad for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament.[14][15] In March 2019, he was named as one of eight players to watch by the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League tournament.[16]

In September 2019, Ngidi was named in the squad for the Tshwane Spartans team for the 2019 Mzansi Super League tournament.[17] In April 2021, he was named in Northerns' squad, ahead of the 2021–22 cricket season in South Africa.[18]

In February 2022, Ngidi was bought by the Delhi Capitals in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament.[19]

In May 2023, Major League Cricket (MLC) Team San Francisco Unicorns announced the signing of Ngidi for the inaugural season.[20]

International career

In January 2017 Ngidi was included in South Africa's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against Sri Lanka.[21] He made his T20I debut for South Africa against Sri Lanka on 20 January 2017[22] and was awarded man of the match.[23] During the T20I series, Ngidi was named in South Africa's squad for their One Day International (ODI) matches against Sri Lanka.[24] However, he was ruled out of the ODI series because of an abdominal injury.[25]

In January 2018, Ngidi was added to South Africa's Test squad ahead of the second Test against India.[26] He made his Test debut for South Africa against India on 13 January 2018. He returned figures of 7/87 in the match, including 6/39 in the second innings, as South Africa won by 135 runs.[27] Later the same month, he was named in South Africa's One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against India.[28] He made his ODI debut against India on 7 February 2018.[29]

In March 2018, Cricket South Africa awarded Ngidi a national contract, ahead of the 2018–19 season.[30] In April 2019, he was named in South Africa's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[31][32] On 4 March 2020, in the second ODI against Australia, Ngidi took his first five-wicket haul in ODI cricket.[33] In the same match, he became the fastest bowler for South Africa, in terms of matches, to take 50 wickets in ODIs, doing so in his 26th game.[34]

In September 2021, Ngidi was named in South Africa's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[35] In July 2022, in the first match of the series against England, Ngidi took his first five-wicket haul in T20I cricket.[36]


In July 2020, Ngidi called on the national team to have a discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement in South African cricket, and for the team to support the movement. He also addressed institutionalised racism in cricket. Ngidi said he would not mind taking the lead in the team's efforts, and stated, among other things: "We're all together again in person. We obviously have spoken about it and everyone's aware of what's been going on. But it's also currently a difficult (issue) because we're not together. I think it's something that's hard to discuss when we're all still separated, but once we get back to play, we'll address it".[37] His comments garnered opposing views and criticism from former Proteas Rudi Steyn, Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar. At least 30 former Proteas, all players of colour, along five coaches, released a collective statement, showing support for Ngidi and the BLM movement, while urging Cricket South Africa to "be unequivocal about its position and to make sure the problem is confronted".[38]


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  5. ^ "Quinton de Kock, Laura Wolvaardt scoop up major CSA awards". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
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  9. ^ Northerns Squad / Players – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Rabada dominates CSA awards". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  11. ^ "T20 Global League announces final team squads". T20 Global League. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Cricket South Africa postpones Global T20 league". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  13. ^ "List of sold and unsold players". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
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  23. ^ "Miller powers SA to victory in 10-over thrash". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
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  28. ^ "South Africa pick Ngidi and Zondo for India ODIs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  29. ^ "3rd ODI (D/N), India tour of South Africa at Cape Town, Feb 7 2018". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  30. ^ "Markram, Ngidi awarded CSA central contracts". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  31. ^ "Hashim Amla in World Cup squad; Reeza Hendricks, Chris Morris miss out". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
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  34. ^ "Six of the best for Ngidi as Proteas restrict Aussies". The Citizen. 4 March 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  35. ^ "T20 World Cup: South Africa leave out Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Chris Morris". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
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  38. ^ Burnard, Lloyd (14 July 2020). "30 former Proteas express united support for Lungi Ngidi, Black Lives Matter". Sport24. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
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