Lungi Ngidi had to leave the field due to a left ankle problem in the 2023 ODI World Cup match against Afghanistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday. Ngidi’s left ankle issue is a major worry for South Africa ahead of their second semi-final against Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi faced an issue with his left ankle during a cricket match against Afghanistan at the 2023 ODI World Cup. He had to leave the field, posing a concern for South Africa, who are set to play Australia in the semi-final.
During his third over, Lungi Ngidi faced trouble with his left ankle, requiring physio attention. He had to leave the field, and Aiden Markram completed the over.
We don’t know how severe Ngidi’s injury is or if he’ll come back to complete his bowling against Afghanistan in Ahmedabad.
Lungi Ngidi has claimed eight wickets in the 2023 ODI World Cup
Lungi Ngidi encountered a similar problem in a 2023 ODI World Cup league-stage match against India. During that game, he couldn’t finish the final over of the first innings and had to leave the field after delivering the first two balls.
All-rounder Marco Jansen took over to complete the over. Despite concerns about his injury, South Africa decided to include Ngidi in their recent league-stage game, choosing to rest Jansen instead.
Ngidi has performed well in the World Cup, but he trails behind in terms of wickets compared to players like Kagiso Rabada, Jansen, and Gerald Coetzee. The right-arm fast bowler has secured eight wickets in eight matches with an economy rate of 5.46.
The outcome of the South Africa versus Afghanistan match remains uncertain, but Afghanistan’s strong opening partnership is noteworthy. The Proteas had a breakthrough with the introduction of spin, as Keshav Maharaj took a wicket on his first delivery, dismissing Rahmanullah Gurbaz.