Player Profile

Lungisani Ngidi
South Africa
Born March 29, 1996 ( 24 Yrs )
Birth Place Durban, Natal
Known As
Player Role Bowler
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm fast

Career Information - Teams

South Africa, South Africa U19, Titans, South Africa A, Benoni Zalmi, Chennai Super Kings, Tshwane Spartans, World XI

ICC Rankings

All Rounder


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, although his fitness does remain a worry.

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. He featured in only one season for CSK in the IPL, but made an instant impact as the Men in Yellow clinched the title that year (2018). When fit, he is an automatic selection as one of the pacers and will add much-needed firepower to the side. He will have to compete with Australia's Josh Hazlewood for a spot.


TEST debut vs India at SuperSport Park, Jan 13, 2018
Last TEST vs India at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Oct 19, 2019
ODI debut vs India at Newlands, Feb 07, 2018
Last ODI vs Australia at Mangaung Oval, Mar 04, 2020
T20 debut vs Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park, Jan 20, 2017
Last T20 vs Australia at Newlands, Feb 26, 2020
IPL debut vs Delhi Capitals at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Apr 30, 2018
Last IPL vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at Wankhede Stadium, May 27, 2018

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 26 9 6 47 19 15.67 66 71.21 0 0 0 4 2
T20 13 4 1 7 4 2.33 15 46.67 0 0 0 0 0
Test 5 9 4 15 5 3 41 36.59 0 0 0 3 0
IPL 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 26 26 1230 1140 53 58/6 58/6 5.56 21.51 23.21 1 0
T20 13 13 258 372 24 19/4 19/4 8.65 15.5 10.75 0 0
Test 5 9 739 376 15 39/6 90/7 3.05 25.07 49.27 1 0
IPL 7 7 156 156 11 10/4 10/4 6 14.18 14.18 0 0