Days after South Africa’s young bowling sensation Lungi Ngidi broke into the national side for the ODI series against Sri Lanka, the 20-year-old suffered abdominal pain and now has been ruled out from the bilateral series, starting Saturday in Port Elizabeth.
Ngidi was picked for his impressive show against Sri Lanka in T20 series, where he bagged six wickets in three matches. The lanky pacer suffered an injury in the 3rd T20I at Newlands and will need around three-four weeks to recover.
Proteas manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee confirmed the news saying Ngidi landed awkwardly on his left hip while fielding at Capetown and injured himself. He said the pacer has gone through scans and results showed an abdominal muscle wall tear.
Dr Mohammed said since the injury is sensitive and will put load on him while bowling, Ngidi has been listed out of the squad.
“Lungi landed awkwardly on his left hip while fielding. Subsequent scans confirmed an abdominal muscle wall tear. It is a sensitive injury because the abdominal wall is highly loaded during the fast-bowling action so full recovery is important before he can resume bowling at 100% match intensity. He will follow a thorough rehab and treatment plan to give him the best opportunity to return to full fitness.”
In his debut against Sri Lanka in Centurion, Ngidi was named Man-of-the-Match for taking two for 12 in two overs, and followed up with 4 for 19 in his second game. His replacement is yet to be announced.