Lungi Ngidi © IANS
Lungi Ngidi © IANS

Lungi Ngidi of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered the best figures by an overseas bowler in Match 56 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Chennai’s adopted home, in Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. Ngidi finished with 4-1-10-4, thus improving on Doug Bollinger’s 4-1-13-4, against Deccan Chargers (DC) at Navi Mumbai, back in 2010. The list of best IPL figures for CSK is dominated by Ravindra Jadeja, who features thrice in the top five. Jadeja also holds the best figures ever for CSK.

Best IPL figures for CSK bowlers
O M R W Bowler Against Venue Season
4 0 16 5 Ravindra Jadeja Deccan Chargers Visakhapatnam 2012
4 0 24 5 Lakshmipathy Balaji Kings XI Punjab Chennai 2008
4 0 10 4 Ashish Nehra Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru 2015
4 1 10 4 Lungi Ngidi overseas Kings XI Punjab Pune 2018
4 0 11 4 Ravindra Jadeja Rajasthan Royals Chennai 2015
4 0 12 4 Ravindra Jadeja Kolkata Knight Riders Ranchi 2014
4 1 13 4 Doug Bollinger overseas Deccan Chargers Navi Mumbai 2010
4 0 14 4 Mohit Sharma Mumbai Indians Dubai 2014
4 0 21 4 Makhaya Ntini overseas Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata 2008
3.3 0 21 4 Lakshmipathy Balaji Rajasthan Royals East London 2009
Cheapest 4-wicket hauls in IPL history
O M R W Bowler Against Venue Season
4 0 16 5 Ravindra Jadeja Deccan Chargers Visakhapatnam 2012
4 0 24 5 Lakshmipathy Balaji Kings XI Punjab Chennai 2008
4 0 10 4 Ashish Nehra Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru 2015
4 1 10 4 Lungi Ngidi overseas Kings XI Punjab Pune 2018
4 0 11 4 Ravindra Jadeja Rajasthan Royals Chennai 2015
4 0 12 4 Ravindra Jadeja Kolkata Knight Riders Ranchi 2014
4 1 13 4 Doug Bollinger overseas Deccan Chargers Navi Mumbai 2010
4 0 14 4 Mohit Sharma Mumbai Indians Dubai 2014
4 0 21 4 Makhaya Ntini overseas Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata 2008
3.3 0 21 4 Lakshmipathy Balaji Rajasthan Royals East London 2009

Ngidi also registered the second-best figures in IPL 2018, after Ankit Rajpoot (4-0-14-5) against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Hyderabad. Shreyas Gopal and Andrew Tye (both 4 for 16) have now been pushed down to third position.

IPL 2018: CSK vs KXIP, Highlights, Match 56 at Pune: CSK win, RR qualify
IPL 2018: CSK vs KXIP, Highlights, Match 56 at Pune: CSK win, RR qualify

This is also the first 4-wicket haul for CSK this season. The previous best was Deepak Chahar’s 4-1-15-3. The previous best against KXIP was Jasprit Bumrah’s 4-0-15-3, while the best at Pune was Jadeja’s 4-0-18-3. Overall, this is the ninth four-wicket haul in IPL 2018.

Ngidi had to return home after his father passed away. He missed the early stage of the IPL 2018 but came back to take 9 wickets in 5 matches with an economy rate of 6.11. Of CSK bowlers, only Shardul Thakur (14 wickets in 11 matches) and Dwayne Bravo (11 in 11) have more wickets.