Lungi Ngidi: South Africa’s latest cricket sensation

Lungi Ngidi: South Africa’s latest cricket sensation

- Lungi Ngidi has become an overnight sensation in the cricket world after taking 6 wickets against the world’s no 1 ranked Test side India

- The 21-year old ended his debut Test match with figures of 7/90

- Ngidi hails from KwaZulu-Natal but moved to Pretoria to study at the University of Pretoria

Lungi Ngidi was relatively unknown even in South Africa a couple of days ago. His name has now boomed across the cricketing world.

Ngidi has become an overnight sensation and is the latest in a long and proud line of South African quick bowlers to take their place among the best in the world.

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The lanky fast bowler helped South Africa to victory in the second test against the number one ranked Indian team in Centurion. Ngidi decimated the Indian batting line-up and finished with 6/39. He finished his debut Test match with an impressive haul of 7 wickets for only 90 runs.

Lungi Ngidi: South Africa’s latest cricket sensation

Lungi Ngidi. Photo: gettyimages discovered that Ngidi hails from KwaZulu-Natal and went to school at the prestigious Hilton College. He was lured away to Pretoria by the Titans and currently studies at the University of Pretoria.

Ngidi is a tall and imposing man, his stock delivery is bowled at 140km/h but he is capable of cranking it up to well past the 150km/h mark. He is happy to open the bowling and crucially for South Africa has shown promise bowling the so-called death overs.

The young man made his international debut in a T20 match against Sri-Lanka in January 2017, he was named the man of the match during that encounter.

Ngidi was thrust into the international Test arena after Dale Steyn suffered an injury during the first Test in Cape Town. The 21-year old could not have given a better account of himself in his first Test.

South Africa has taken a 2-0 lead in the three-match series against India and will be looking to complete a series whitewash at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

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