Teams Played For
South Africa, South Africa U19, Titans, South Africa A, Benoni Zalmi, Chennai Super Kings, Tshwane Spartans
The South African is a product of the age-group system and represented Kwa-Zulu Natal, before playing for his country’s U19 team in 2014. As the teenager graduated towards serious domestic cricket, he earned the tag of a T20 prospect early as the joint second-highest wicket-taker in the Africa Cup, in the following season.
In 2015-16, the pacer played for Titans, when his lethal and wicket-taking bowling took them to the final of the Africa T20 Cup and later home. As his domestic career took off, Ngidi started taking giant leaps. Hence, the national selectors identified the budding talent and awarded Ngidi his international cap in 2017.
Having made his T20I debut in 2017, Ngidi made his Test debut when India visited in early 2018. The pacer was included in the playing XI for the Centurion Test when his statemate, Dale Steyn got injured. Ngidi started with seven wickets in the match, including a six-for in the second innings, where he scalped the then World No 1, Virat Kohli. Later in the series, he was awarded his ODI debut against the same opponents.
In the 2018 South African Cricket Annual Awards, he was named as one of the five 'Cricketers of the Year'. The tall pacer also won the ODI and T20I cricketer of the year at Cricket South Africa’s annual awards ceremony. Since his international debut, Ngidi has formed a formidable pair Kagiso Rabada and the duo keep pushing the opposition on the backfoot.
Ahead of the IPL 2018, Ngidi came into the limelight that resulted in him getting a contract with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL. He went on to play seven games in his maiden season, and was part of the title-winning CSK team. The South African has been with the MS Dhoni-led team, ever since.
Ngidi was also part of the South African that toured England for the 2019 World Cup, but much like his team, the pacer too had an under-par tournament. The South African, now, has quality international as well IPL experience under his belt. The Proteas team management would hope Ngidi to convert his potential into performances and help South Africa in future tournaments.
(As of June 2021)