CSK pacer Lungi Ngidi returns to South Africa after father passes away

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CSK pacer Lungi Ngidi returns to South Africa after father passes away
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In an unfortunate incident, Lungi Ngidi’s father, Jerome Ngidi passed away in the KwaZulu-Natal hospital on Friday.

After the injuries of Kedar Jadhav and Suresh Raina, Chennai Super Kings’ troubles don’t seem to be coming to an end. South African pacer Lungi Ngidi who was bagged by the franchise this year is on his way back home on account of his father’s demise.

Lungi was picked by CSK at his base price of 50 lakh this year along with English pacer Mark Wood to strengthen their bowling department.

The 22-year-old pacer came into the limelight when he burst on to the international scene with a six-fer against India in the 2nd Test of the 3-match India-South Africa series.

Two other CSK batsmen – Faf du Plesis and Murali Vijay are already nursing injuries and are not back to 100% fitness. In such a situation, Ngidi’s absence would further reduce the options available to the franchise.

Speaking about the tragic incident, the President of Cricket South Africa Chris Nenzani said, "Cricket South Africa is shocked and deeply saddened by the passing away of Mr Ngidi. We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to Lungi and his family. May the Lord be with him and comfort the rest of the Ngidi Family during this difficult time."

Cricket South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Thabang Moroe also expressed his grief at the demise of Lungi’s father. "I am taking this moment to pass my condolences to the Ngidi family. It has to be even more difficult to lose a father figure at such a young age for Lungi. May the soul of Mr Ngidi rest peacefully," said Moroe.

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