Best Bowling Performances of Lungi Ngidi in IPL
When Chennai Super Kings bought South African pacer Lungi Ngidi for just INR 50 lakhs in 2018, not many headlines were written on it. The fans knew that he had raw pace and possesses the ability to become a reliable player at the top level, but that was about it. Not many expected him to play a crucial role in the team, but he managed to find a place in the playing XI.
When he did, he made sure he wouldn’t ruin it. Grabbing every opportunity with both hands, Lungi Ngidi made an impressive debut in his IPL career. He would have wanted to capitalize on the solid foundation in the next season, but unfortunately, a side-strain injury ruled him out of the tournament. He will be back again next season, donning the bright yellow colours of Chennai Super Kings.
3 Best Bowling Performances of Lungi Ngidi in IPL
let us have a look at 3 of Top Bowling Performance of Lungi Ngidi in IPL so far:
3. 1/20 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Many youngsters, both Indian and overseas, get opportunities to shine in the IPL. But only a small percentage of them, like Lungi Ngidi, manage to solidify their place in the sides. One of Ngidi’s best spells for CSK came in a match of utmost importance – the playoff 1 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Batting first, Hyderabad managed to score only 139 runs in this game. After Deepak Chahar got the wicket of opener Shikhar Dhawan, Ngidi joined the party and dismissed the other opener in Shreevats Goswami. From there onwards, his consistency was exceptional and Hyderabad batting unit struggled to get going against him, and ultimately began to play his overs out.
2. 2/14 vs Delhi Capitals
Top Bowling Performances of Lungi Ngidi in IPL: In this match against the Delhi Capitals at the Arun Jaitley stadium, Ngidi showed how he can both provide breakthroughs and also contain runs. Batting first, the Capitals got off to a good start as both Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant found themselves in good knick.
Ngidi was the one to break the partnership when he picked up the wicket of Shreyas Iyer. Just a couple of balls later, he sent Pant back to the dressing room as well, thereby changing the complexion of the game completely. He also conceded just 14 runs from his 3 overs, which helped CSK restrict Capitals to just 162 runs.
1. 4/10 vs Kings XI Punjab
Ngidi’s best performance in IPL so far is a manifestation of the ideal textbook spell. It has a 4-wicket haul, an economy rate of fewer than four runs per over, and to add a delicious cherry to the cake, a rare maiden over. He struck in the very first over as the Universe Boss Chris Gayle was handed a one-way ticket to the dugout before he could open his account.
Hardly had Punjab recovered from the setback than they were handed another killer blow. Ngidi got the wicket of another opener, KL Rahul, this time around. He was then taken off from the attack as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni introduced the spinners. When Ngidi returned, he bowled as if he was never taken off the attack. He got the wickets of skipper Ravichandran Ashwin and Andrew Tye in the same over.