- Lungi Ngidi has capped off a dream international debut season by helping his Chennai Super Kings side win the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL)
- The South African quick boasts the second best overall economy rate in the IPL and the best economy rate within the powerplay overs
- Ngidi and Proteas captain Faf du Plessis both tasted glory when CSK won their third IPL title in Mumbai on Sunday
South African fast-bowler Lungi Ngidi has capped off what has been a remarkable debut international cricket season by helping his Chennai Super Kings (CSK) side win the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL).
Ngidi appeared to brush off the pressure of his first major final appearance by turning in an impressive performance. The South African quick finished his four overs with figures of one wicket for 26 runs at a super (for T20 cricket) impressive economy rate of just six and a half runs per over.
Ngidi was joined on the winner’s podium by Proteas captain Faf du Plessis. South African cricket fans will no doubt be hoping the experience gained by Ngidi and du Plessis on such a big stage will stand the national side in good stead at next year’s Cricket World Cup.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ngidi was snapped up in the IPL auction by CSK for a bargain basement price of only R950,000 after captain MS Dhoni was left deeply impressed with Ngidi after India’s tour of South Africa in January.
“Right from the South Africa tour I was impressed by Ngidi, if he keeps coming good, it will be good for us,” said Dhoni.
Few players have managed to make as big an impact in their first seven IPL matches as the young Titans bowler.
Raw statistics only tell half the tale of Ngidi’s meteoric rise in the IPL.
The stats will show that Ngidi is ranked a lowly 23rd on the wicket-takers list of the 2018 IPL. He does, however, boast the second lowest overall economy rate in the competition and has the lowest economy rate of any bowler during the crucial powerplay overs at just 2.82 runs per over.
Ngidi’s rise has been far from guaranteed, he spent the first few games of the IPL on the bench, before being forced to return to South Africa after the death of his father.
SACricketMagazine.com reported that on his return to India, Ngidi was a forced change to the already winning CSK side when regular bowler Deepak Chahar suffered an injury.
Ngidi made an immediate impact with his fiery typically South African quick bowling. He went from an also-ran to cementing his place in the side. CSK will have to fork out quite a bit more to retain his services for the 2019 edition of the IPL.
The future looks bright for Ngidi as he looks to follow in the footsteps of some truly legendary South African fast-bowlers.
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