|Style||Right arm fast bowler|
|D. O. B.||29 March, 1990|
That 22-year-old Ngidi is now held in the highest regard all over the cricketing world after just two seasons of professional play was borne out by the way Indian legend MS Dhoni used him to spearhead the Chennai Super Kings attack as they claimed this year’s Indian Premier League title.
While his considerable height (1.93m) blesses Ngidi with steepling bounce, he is also a skillful and accurate bowler, who is also remarkably tactically astute for one so young.
Born in Durban to a family of humble means, Ngidi’s star began to rise when he won a scholarship to Hilton College. Pretoria University then recruited him and his first national honours came with the SA U19 side in 2014.
His full Standard Bank Proteas debut came at SuperSport Park in a T20 game against Sri Lanka in January 2017 and he immediately showed he was at home with six wickets in his first two internationals.
He made his Test and ODI debut last season against India and his Test debut was spectacular, with six for 39 at Centurion as the world number ones were bundled out for 151 to lose by 135 runs, South Africa clinching the series.
Ngidi had match figures of five for 75 in his only Test of the Australian series, helping to level the rubber in Port Elizabeth.
Apart from his tremendous cricketing talent, Ngidi is also held in the highest regard as a person.