Ankle injury rules Lungi Ngidi out of the India T20Is.

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Ankle injury rules Lungi Ngidi out of the India T20Is.
Due to a left ankle sprain, South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi will not be playing in the Twenty20 International series against India. It is also uncertain whether he will play in the Test series.
Ngidi was only supposed to participate in the first two Twenty20 Internationals before making an appearance in a four-day domestic First-Class match to prepare for the Test series.
His replacement has been named as Beuran Hendricks.

Why is this story important?
Only the first two Twenty20 Internationals would feature Ngidi, Gerald Coetzee, and Marco Jansen according to Cricket South Africa’s plan.
They desired that following an exhausting 2023 ODI World Cup, the pace trio would be rejuvenated for the Test series.
With Anrich Nortje already out of the running for the Test series, Ngidi’s injury might be a major blow for the Proteas.

In the T20I series, SA departed with three pacers.
With Nortje out and Kagiso Rabada rested for the Test series, South Africa is down to just three first-choice T20I series.
But among the front-line pacers available are players like Jansen, Coetzee, Lizaad Williams, Ottniel Baartman, and Hendricks.
Andile Phehlukwayo and Nandre Burger, both of whom bowl at a fast pace, are also excellent choices when it comes to the ball.
However, following the first two T20Is, Coetzee and Jansen will be free to play.

Examining Ngidi’s T20 statistics
Ngidi has played for South Africa in 40 Twenty20 Internationals, taking 60 wickets at an average of 20.23. He has two four-wicket hauls and a fifer.
He has amassed 152 wickets at an average of 19.55 from 112 T20s, according to ESPNcricinfo.
The 27-year-old quick took 10 wickets at 35.50 in the 2023 ODI World Cup.
He has 88 scalps from ODI.

Examining Beuran Hendricks’s T20I stats
In the T20I series with India, Beuran has been selected to replace Ngidi. With an average of 25.08, the 33-year-old speedster has claimed 25 wickets from 19 Twenty20 Internationals.
With 122 wickets at 22.76 from 97 T20s, the seasoned bowler from South Africa has made a comeback. Beuran has three four-wicket hauls and one fifer.
His economy rate, which is 8.35, is somewhat elevated.

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