Injured Lungi Ngidi ruled out of Pakistan series

DN Bureau

Leading South African bowler Lungi Ngidi has been ruled out of the upcoming home series against Pakistan owing to a knee injury.

South African bowler Lungi Ngidi
South African bowler Lungi Ngidi

London: Leading South African bowler Lungi Ngidi has been ruled out of the upcoming home series against Pakistan owing to a knee injury.

The 22-year-old had sustained the injury during the T20I against Australia last Sunday. The further check-up revealed that he has a ligament injury in the right knee.

Confirming the same, South Africa's team manager Mohammed Moosajee stated that the pacer needs rest for 12 weeks to make a successful return.

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"Lungi fell awkwardly while fielding during the T20I against Australia last Sunday. He underwent investigations and further assessments with knee specialists upon his return to South Africa, which revealed a significant ligament injury to the right knee," ESPNcricinfo quoted Moosajee, as saying.

"Due to the significant nature of the injury, he will require a minimum of 12 weeks of rest and rehabilitation to make a successful return to play," he added.

The right-arm bowler, following his injury, was also ruled out from the ongoing Mzansi Super League where he represents Tshwane Spartans.

Ngidi has played a total of four Test matches scalping 15 wickets with an economy rate of 2.84. He is one of the leading wicket-takers for South Africa, at the moment. (PTI)

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