Lungi Ngidi Believes That The IPL Also Taught Him How To Deal With A Massive Crowd
Lungi Ngidi, a right-arm pace bowler for South Africa, admitted the extreme feelings that came with playing in the IPL and said it helped him deal with large crowds. He also thanked MS Dhoni and the captain’s belief in him for his IPL triumph in 2018.
Ngidi made his IPL debut in 2018 with the Chennai Super Kings, and he was crucial to their triumph. In seven games that year, the 26-year-old took 11 wickets for an outstanding average of 14.18 each as the Yellow Army won their fourth trophy.
Ngidi claimed in an interview with The Guardian that Dhoni’s confidence in his capacity to win matches as a child played a significant role. He also acknowledged that the initial crush of spectators during the competition subsided.
“Being trusted to win games by someone of Dhoni’s caliber at the age of 22 was huge for me. I learned how to manage a large audience from the IPL as well. I had never performed in front of that many people, so at first, it was a little overwhelming. However, once you get going, it is easy.”
Lungi Ngidi discusses how Kagiso Rabada helped him through difficult times:
Lungi Ngidi admitted that when he is feeling down, his teammate’s pacer Kagiso Rabada frequently reminds him of his IPL achievements and personal recognitions.
“If I am feeling down, Kagiso Rabada will remind me: ‘You are an IPL winner, twice, and you have won man of the match awards.’ So why are you sitting here criticizing yourself?’” Lungi Ngidi Said.
The South African will take part in the country’s upcoming tour of England. The two teams will play three Tests, three ODIs, and three T20Is, with the first ODI beginning on July 19th.
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