Ngidi describes why CSK’s opening partnership left him nervous
Chennai Super Kings brought in their A-game against Kolkata Knight Riders in their fourth game of this season at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The opening pair – Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad constructed a 115-run partnership before Gaikwad departed for a well-composed 64.
However, Faf du Plessis went about his business and scored a quickfire 95 off 60 balls. He helped CSK post 220 on the board. In the end, CSK bowlers namely Deepak Chahar and Lungi Ngidi picked up 4 and 3 wickets respectively as CSK won the game by 18 runs.
After the game, CSK pacer Ngidi admitted the way Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis were smashing the ball made him nervous as a bowler. The South African international was delighted with his performance and was happy to contribute to CSK’s victory in his first appearance of this season.
Lungi Ngidi got together with opening batsman Gaikwad to analyse the victory and revealed how he was getting tense for himself seeing the opener cart boundaries to all corners of the stadium.
“It was good (on his first appearance of the season). Watching you guys out there dominate the bowlers makes a bowler a bit nervous in the change room. It was good to get out there and a few early wickets helped. Deepak Chahar was on fire so I just tried to back him up a bit.
Throughout the innings, I just tried to chip away at their batsmen. They were flowing at a stage, hitting boundaries for fun. I just tried to keep taking wickets,” Ngidi mentioned.
Lungi Ngidi who came in for West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo against KKR. The 25-year-old Proteas pacer ended with impressive bowling figures of 3/28 in 4 overs and went on to praise the impact DJ Bravo has had on his game so far for CSK.
“There was a lot of pressure, Bravo has been doing very well for CSK. So, I had to come in and fill his shoes. Have worked very closely with Bravo on the slower bowls at the death. One of the slower bowls he has been teaching me for a long time came off and got us a wicket,” Ngidi revealed.