South African pacer, Lungi Ngidi speaks about the aura around MS Dhoni which he observed during the last couple of IPL seasons with the Chennai Super Kings.
Lungi Ngidi asserts the importance and love MS Dhoni gets from the Chennai crowd – the pacer got goosebumps when the crowd chanted the skipper’s name! Ngidi, who has been retained by CSK, lauds the calmness of MS Dhoni and the rarity of him displaying any emotions. However, the skipper is always available for encouraging his players with words whenever they need him.
“When I first arrived in Chennai, you walk out and hear the crowd chant his name – you get goosebumps, and they are not even talking about you. He is massive for cricket; he is massive for Chennai,” Lungi Ngidi told ESPNcricinfo.
“Like everyone says ‘Captain Cool’. He has been very consistent – that’s one thing which always amazes me. How he carries himself; how he behaves as a captain – for me that was one of the most amazing things. Never showing too much emotion, but when you need to get a bit of a pickup talk from the captain, he will give it to you. Very amazing man, very happy to play under MS Dhoni,” the pacer added.
Lungi Ngidi could miss the first two weeks of IPL 2021
Lungi Ngidi is likely to miss the first couple of weeks of the IPL 2021 as South Africa is to host Babar Azam’s Pakistan for 3 ODI and 4 T20Is from April 2nd to 16th. With the IPL commencing on April 9th, and the players needing to go a mandatory quarantine period, the Protea seamer could miss out on the first two weeks of the season – which could mean about 3 or 4 matches.
However, MS Dhoni won’t fret much on it as he will have the likes of Josh Hazlewood, Sam Curran, and Dwayne Bravo at his disposal. In fact, Ngidi, who was a key part of the title-winning team in 2018, played only 4 games last season as Sam Curran had a breakthrough season, and Hazlewood and Bravo were rotated after a rough start to Nagidi’s season.
The 24-year-old pacer seems to have picked up form in the recent CSA T20 Challenge – 10 wickets in 5 matches at a brilliant economy of 5.76 – however, with plenty of overseas players in the squad, his chances to make it in the first eleven are slim.