Lungi Ngidi Tries to Get Back in Form Post Injury


South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi has returned to his best of forms after recovering fully from a hamstring injury. However, he said that it was more of a mental pressure rather than physical but he has been trying his best.

“It takes a lot out of your mental side. Physically, obviously I am trying as best as I can to get back to the pace that I was at and to hit the areas that I am known for hitting,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Lungi Ngidi as saying.

He was adjudged as the player of the Match for his stunning bowling. He successfully defended seven runs off his last over and handed his side a one-run thrilling victory over England in the first T20I at Buffalo beat england-lungi ngidi

“But at the moment, it’s just trying to keep that confidence going of doing my job at the back end and closing out very well,” the pacer added.

He finished with the figure of 3 for 30 in his four overs spell and made a brilliant impact in the game. On a slow pitch, his off-cutter forced Ben Stokes into playing a wide ball and hitting it to long-on in the 18th over, with England required 26 runs to win and that too with 14 balls remaining.

However, the South African attack are focused to work on the more nuanced areas of their game under the coaching of Charl Langeveldt, who was with them under Russell Domingo. Lungi Ngidi credited Langeveldt for supporting him and trust him as well.

“He has had a massive impact in terms of the mental side. Having watched him and the way he used to bowl, he has given me a lot of confidence as a young player, knowing someone like that is now on my journey. He has made sure I back the skills that I am good at. Something like that on the back end, where maybe someone would say maybe a change of ball was needed or maybe a yorker, stick to what’s working and it worked out just well,” Ngidi shared.

The second match of the three-game T20I series will take place at Kingsmead in Durban on February 14.