|Lungi Ngidi Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||March 29, 1996|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Lungi Ngidi is a South African cricketer and TV personality, best known as a bowler for the South Africa National team starting in 2017. As a domestic cricketer, he has played for teams such as Northerns starting in 2015, Titans starting in 2016, and Chennai Super Kings in 2018.
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
He attended Kloof Junior Primary School in Kloof, Durban, eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Lungi was awarded a scholarship to attend Highbury Preparatory School in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
After graduating, he received a scholarship to attend Hilton College School in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Lungi earned his Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Industrial Sociology at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.
Cricketer, TV Personality
- Father – Jerome Ngidi (Maintenance worker at the Kloof Junior Primary School) (Passed away in April 2018)
- Mother – Bongi Ngidi (Domestic worker/Homemaker)
- Siblings – He has 3 older brothers.
Lungi Ngidi is represented by Dr. Mohammed Moosajee (South Africa Team Manager) in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.
22 – South Africa
6 ft 4 in or 193 cm
85 kg or 187.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
Lungi Ngidi has endorsed brands such as Three Ships Whisky.
Lungi Ngidi Facts
- He got interested in hockey, soccer, rugby, swimming, and cricket as early as primary school.
- When he was younger, his dad never understood where Lungi disappeared every Saturday. One day, he followed him and found out he was watching children play cricket at a field in front of his house.
- Growing up, Lungi was always extremely focused. He would tell his mom: “I don’t want you to cry mom, you are still going to be rich. I want you to sit down and enjoy your life.”
- At college, he initially played rugby. When he met and was coached by Neil Johnson, a former Zimbabwe all-rounder cricketer, he stopped to focus entirely on cricket.
- One of the things that inspired Lungi to pursue rugby initially was the story of the Springboks team that won the 1995 Rugby World Championship.
- Lungi became great friends with a fellow cricketer and paceman, Kagiso Rabada. He and Kagiso played together since the early days of school.
- At the age of 15, he started playing cricket for the junior national team of South Africa. His parents could not afford cricket kits and batting equipment. For that reason, he decided to become a bowler.
- People that knew him described Lungi as someone that doesn’t talk much.
- There is a song titled Lungi Dance, released in 2013, sung by Honey Singh. The music video featured actors Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone but had no real connection to him. Hindi fans kept sending it to him and it was even played during Chennai Super Kings games, so it grew on Lungi over time and always made him laugh.
- When he was 19 years old, in 2015, Lungi bought his parents a house.
- His dad, who passed away in 2018, was his biggest fan. He called him “a special gift from God.”
- Lungi never expected to be sold at an IPL auction in 2018 to Chennai Super Kings for INR 50 lakhs or around $70k. He stated that players always put their names hoping for the best but it was the last thing he expected.
- In November 2018, he suffered a knee injury that demanded a recovery time of a minimum of 12 weeks due to significant ligament damage.
- Lungi has also suffered a side strain, a hip injury, an abdominal injury, and a hamstring strain. In doctor’s opinion, his towering body frame trying to bowl fast was the culprit.
Featured Image by Lungi Ngidi / Instagram