Lungi Ngidi, recipient of South African Cricket annual award in 2018 and Anrich Nortje, another pace bowler, will miss the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) due to injury.
The pacer, Ngidi sustained a left side strain during the fifth Momentum One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka. Nortje, who made his international debut in March this year, has been ruled out due to a right shoulder injury.
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Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained the injuries: “ Lungi (Lungi Ngidi) felt discomfort while bowling during the last ODI against Sri Lanka at Newlands and immediately stopped bowling.
Further scans of the injuries revealed a Grade II muscle strain which will need up to four weeks of rest followed by a rehab programme leading up to the World Cup for Lungi Ngidi.
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“Nortje sustained a right shoulder injury and will be sidelined for six weeks. Unfortunately this injury will rule him out of the upcoming IPL, but with the World Cup in sight, it is important for us to make sure all of the World Cup hopefuls will be fit for selection.”