SA vs IND: Lungi Ngidi ruled out of T20I series. South Africa and India will face off in a three-match Twenty20 International series commencing on Sunday, December 10.
South Africa has suffered a big loss ahead of their three-match T20I series against India. Which begins on Sunday, December 10, with fast bowler Lungi Ngidi ruled out. The right-arm seamer, who was also a member of South Africa’s ODI World Cup 2023 team, suffered a left lateral ankle injury.
As a result, the 27-year-old has been remove from the T20I squad and will be rehabilitate under the supervision of the South African medical staff. Ngidi’s fitness will be evaluate further ahead of the crucial Test series against India, which begins on December 26, to determine his participation.
Beuran Hendricks name as Ngidi’s replacement following his injury. The left-arm seamer made his T20I debut in 2014 and has appeared in 19 matches for his country, taking 25 wickets.
Meanwhile, India has arrived in Durban, the site of the first T20I. However, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is yet to join the squad, according to a report in Cribuzz. The southpaw, who is also the vice-captain of the 2018 T20I side, will go to South Africa from Europe with a few other teammates.
Deepak Chahar, a seam-bowling all-rounder, is also yet to join the team due to a family emergency. Notably, Chahar’s father suffered a stroke only days before India’s fifth Twenty20 International against Australia in Bengaluru. As a result, the all-rounder did not play in the series’ final game and return home to be with his family.
India have won three out of four T20I series in South Africa
Lokendra Singh Chahar, his father, has apparently been discharged from Mithraj Hospital in Aligarh. Uttar Pradesh, and his health has much improved. As a result, Chahar’s presence in South Africa to join the T20I and ODI squads is doubtful. The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) is yet to name a successor.
Meanwhile, India will be eager to build on their recent success in T20Is in South Africa. Notably, the Men in Blue won their first T20I against the Proteas in 2006. Went on to win the inaugural T20 World Cup in the Rainbow Kingdom in 2007. India won three of the four T20I series play against South Africa away from home and will try to maintain that record this time.