IPL 2022: Lungi Ngidi opens up about his experience of playing under MS Dhoni;
IPL 2022: South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi said that he had “learnt a lot” under the leadership of Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni.
In 2018, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) made a thrilling return to the Indian Premier League by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the tournament final. Shane Watson smashed a stunning century (117*) in the 179-run chase as the CSK cruised to an 8-wicket triumph in the title game in Mumbai, with their spinners putting in a dominant display.
Over four years later, Lungi Ngidi, a member of the CSK XI in the final, spoke out about MS Dhoni’s leadership choice in the game, which resulted in him taking the crucial wicket of Deepak Hooda. Ngidi was the match’s most economical bowler, with stats of 1/26 and Hooda’s wicket in the 17th over.
“I think the main thing is just the control that Dhoni has over the team and on the field, he really does bring a sense of calm. I’ve also learnt a lot more in my time that I’ve been with CSK just under his captaincy in terms of field settings, game plans and how to construct my bowling within an innings. I think from that moment it has really helped me grow as a cricketer,” Ngidi told Times Now about skipper Dhoni.
“IPL was amazing and I’ve enjoyed every single year I’ve gone there. I’ve also been lucky enough to lift the trophy twice. So it has been an amazing journey and I pray to god that it continues.”
Ngidi recalls Dhoni’s decision in IPL 2018 Final and said:
“It was the final against the Sunrisers (Hyderabad) in 2018, we hadn’t discussed a certain field placement but he automatically just changed my field and with that field, within a couple of balls, we got a wicket to the fielder that he had moved. So for me, that’s one thing that sticks out in my mind because in a final, to have such a moment like that and to execute the plan that he wanted, really gave me confidence in terms of how to bowl and it just showed me how in tune he is with the game in terms of how he sees it’s going to play out and it played out exactly the way I think he thought it was going to.”
The lanky South African pacer, who has claimed 25 wickets for Chennai Super Kings in IPL, further mentioned:
“If you are lacking in a certain department, you got the right people around you to help you as well. You can bounce game plans off MS Dhoni, great batters like Suresh (Raina), Faf du Plessis, you can start to communicate with great batters and you learn your game as a bowler.”