Lungi Ngidi Injury Update: South Africa team management passed an official update on their fast bowler’s recent injury.
The fifth match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between South Africa and Bangladesh didn’t just see South Africa losing the match but losing another of their player to an injury.
Maintaining the streak, it was fast bowler Lungi Ngidi who succumbed a hamstring injury during the first innings. Having opened the bowling alongside Kagiso Rabada, Ngidi bowled four overs on the trot before feeling some discomfort in his hamstring.
While Ngidi left the field immediately after completing his fourth over, the reason for the same was unknown at that point in time. It was only after a certain time period that news came out from the South African camp regarding the fast bowler not taking any further part in the match.
The 23-year old cricketer had succumbed to a muscle strain before the recently concluded season of the Indian Premier League. Ngidi had missed IPL 2019 in a bid to recover in time for the World Cup.
In the absence of veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn, Ngidi was expected to share the workload of bowling in death overs alongside Kagiso Rabada. Ngidi not completing his full quota of overs was one of the major reasons behind Bangladesh posting their highest-ever ODI totals.
Lungi Ngidi Injury Update
After the match got over, South Africa Manager and Team Doctor Mohammed Moosajee provided a major update on Ngidi’s availability for the upcoming matches. “Sharp discomfort in left hamstring. Decided not to let him bowl further. Out for a week to ten days. Scans tomorrow,” Moosajee was quoted as saying going by reports in ESPNcricinfo.
Bangladesh—led by Soumya Sarkar—flew out of the blocks and South Africa were slow to respond. The injury to Lungi Ngidi was a huge moment in the match which robbed SA of their second best bowler & upset their death over plans but Bangladesh capitalised clinically. #CWC19
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) June 2, 2019
South Africa are slated to face India on June 5 and West Indies on June 10. In Ngidi’s absence, South African team management would be hoping for Steyn to attain full fitness ahead of Wednesday’s match.