South Africa fast bowler Lungi Ngidi, who is featuring for Chennai Super Kings in his debut IPL season is travelling back to South Africa following the passing away of his father.
Jerome Ngidi, the father of Lungi, expired at a KwaZulu-Natal hospital on Friday. The young fast bowler, who bagged a six-wicket haul on his Test debut against India, was picked up by the Chennai franchise for a base price of INR 50 lakh in the 2018 IPL Auction.
The South African speedster wasn’t selected for either of Chennai’s first two matches of the ongoing season. Ngidi has played three Tests, four ODIs and three T20Is for South Africa so far.
CSA President said: “Cricket South Africa is shocked and deeply saddened by the passing away of Mr Ngidi. We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to Lungi and his family. May the Lord be with him and comfort the rest of the Ngidi Family during this difficult time.”
CSA Acting Chief Executive said: “I am taking this moment to pass my condolences to the Ngidi family. It has to be even more difficult to lose a father figure at such a young age for Lungi. May the soul of Mr Ngidi rest peacefully.”
Chennai do have the option of naming a replacement if Ngidi fails to report on time. They have roped in England left-arm David Willey in place of injured Kedar Jadhav but are yet to name someone in place of Santner.