South Africa is gearing up to face India in a three-match T20I series, set to kick off in Durban this Sunday. However, the home team has been hit hard as one of their key strike bowler, Lungi Ngidi, has been ruled out of the series.
The 27-year-old fast bowler, who last showcased his skills during the league stage of the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, suffered a setback with a left lateral ankle sprain. Consequently, Ngidi has been released from the T20I squad and is slated to undergo rehabilitation under the watchful eye of the South African medical team.
As the medical team monitors Ngidi’s recovery, an assessment will be conducted leading up to the Test series against India later this month. The decision regarding his participation in the Test series will be made based on his fitness and progress.
Stepping into Ngidi’s shoes in the T20I team is Beuran Hendricks, a left-arm seamer. If included in the playing XI, Hendricks will mark his return to international cricket after a hiatus of two years. This unexpected twist in the bowling lineup adds an element of anticipation to South Africa’s approach in the T20I series against India.
The absence of Ngidi, known for his pace and precision, poses a challenge for the South African team, but Hendricks’s inclusion brings an opportunity for the left-arm seamer to make a strong impact in his comeback on the international stage.