IPL champions Chennai Super Kings have suffered a setback before the season. South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi will not be able to play in the tournament because of the muscle strain.

South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi has been ruled out due to a strain in the lower waist muscles during the one-day series against Sri Lanka.

South African team manager Muhammad Moosajee said that Ngidi had trouble bowling during the last ODI against Sri Lanka and he immediately had to stop. In the scan, grade II muscle strain was revealed, for which he will need four weeks of rest. After this, the rehabilitation program will run until the World Cup. He is an important part of the South African team and they will try their best to make him fit before the World Cup.

“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.”

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However, Chennai has not announced the appointment of any player in place of Ngidi. Nigidi had debuted last year in the IPL. CSK bought him for Rs 50 lakhs. He played 7 matches in IPL last year. In these matches, he took 11 wickets with 156 runs. Lungi’s best performance was 4/10.

IPL Season 12 is starting from March 23. Its first match will be played between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).