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Lungisani Ngidi, together with Kagiso Rabada, is the face of South Africa's prospective fast-bowling attack. Standing tall at 1.93m, Ngidi is capable of bowling in excess of 140 kph, seaming it either way, and can keep the batsmen honest on the back foot with mean short-pitched deliveries. He is also known to bowl the heavy ball with a open-chested bowling run-up. Ngidi made his Test debut against India at Centurion in January 2018, coming in for Dale Steyn, who had injured his heel in the first Test at Newlands, Cape Town. He finished with the perfect script, nabbing a six-fer on debut and impressing everyone with his pace, hostility and attitude. He famously set up a rampant Virat Kohli in his debut Test, bowling three balls outside off before angling one on the pads and trapping India's captain plumb in front, thereby helping South Africa win the Test and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Ngidi made his Twenty20 International debut against Sri Lanka at Centurion in January 2017 and was named Player of the Match for his bowling figures of 2-0-12-2. He was named a part of the One-Day International squad that faced Sri Lanka later that month too, but was later ruled out of the series due to left abdominal muscle strain. Hung over from the success in the Test series against India, Ngidi made his ODI debut against the same opposition at Newlands but came up short, with bowling figures of 0/47 in India's convincing 124-run win. Ngidi continues to be an important part of South Africa's limited-overs blueprint, especially with the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales in 2019. Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada form the crux of the South African pace attack. The fortunes of their country's journey rely on their young shoulders. Ngidi has been in and out of the side this year due to injuries. He also missed the 2019 Indian Premier League with a side strain. Injuries has been part and parcel of Ngidi's career and his hamstring flare-up resulted in the speedster missing a few matches in the showpiece 2019 World Cup - a tournament to forget for himself and his team.