Lungisani Ngidi © AFP
Lungisani Ngidi © AFP

Lungisani Ngidi, became the 334th player for South Africa to play Test. He received his Test cap in the second Test of the Freedom Series between India and South Africa. Ngidi became the 24th South African player to take five-for on debut Test. He also became second South African player to take a five-for against India on debut, the first being Lance Klusener  back in 1996. Klusener too achieved the feat in the second innings of Kolkata Test. The last South African player to take five wickets on his debut was Kyle Abbott  against Pakistan in 2014 at the same venue.

Ngidi took six wickets in India’s second innings when he dismissed KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. Ngidi came in as a replacement to injured Dale Styen. He bowled 12.2 overs taking 6 for 39 which included the big wicket of centurion Kohli.

Ngidi has an impressive First-Class record. He received his T20I cap against Sri Lanka in January last year. He took four wickets in the second match giving 19 runs.

South Africa in their second innings scored 258 setting a target 287 for India. India lost three wickets for 35 at the end of Day Four. The host however winded up the Indian innings for 151 before lunch on Day Five.

Ngidi, Man of the Match took seven wickets in total in the match helping his team to win the three-match Test series. The final match of the Test series is scheduled to be played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg starting from January 24.