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IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings' Lungi Ngidi ruled out of tournament due to side strain; no replacement named yet

Ngidi was to play for CSK, who he represented in last year's IPL. CSK plays the opener of IPL-12 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram stadium here on 23 March.

IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings' Lungi Ngidi ruled out of tournament due to side strain; no replacement named yet

Chennai: Defending IPL champions Chennai Super Kings suffered a blow ahead of the season opener with South African paceman Lungi Ngidi being ruled out of the tournament due to a side strain suffered during the ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Chennai Super Kings cricketer Lungi Ngidi celebrates after taking the wicket of Kings XI Punjab cricketer KL Rahul during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on May 20, 2018. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP) / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

File image of Lungi Ngidi in Chennai Super Kings colours. AFP

The South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee was quoted as saying on the ICC website that Ngidi had felt discomfort while bowling during the last ODI against Sri Lanka at Newlands and immediately stopped bowling.

"Lungi felt discomfort while bowling during the last ODI against Sri Lanka at Newlands and immediately stopped bowling. Further scans 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," Moosajee said.

Ngidi was to play for CSK, who he represented in last year's IPL. CSK plays the opener of IPL-12 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram stadium here on 23 March.

Updated Date: March 20, 2019 21:28:56 IST

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