South African cricketer and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) player Lungi Ngidi was allegedly subjected to ‘strip search’ at an airport on Friday. The bowler was on his way home to South Africa from India after receiving the tragic news of his father Jerome Ngidi’s death on Friday. It is not yet ascertained which airport Lungi departed from.
Lungi Ngidi is part of the CSK squad for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 and was in India for the IPL. He decided to return home after the demise of his father Jerome Ngidi. His father reportedly passed away at a hospital in South Africa on Friday. He reportedly had a back operation recently.
Several media reports and a tweet from Lungi Ngidi’s Twitter handle (unverified) suggest that the cricketer was ‘strip searched’ at an airport.
The tweet posted on Saturday read: “Just to top off my day.....a "random" strip search at the airport.....”
Lungi Ngidi was bought by Chennai Super Kings for a base price of Rs 50 lakh during the IPL 2018 auction. Lungi, however, hasn’t played yet in any of the CSK matches so far.
In January, the South African pacer made his Test debut against India in front of his home crowd at Centurion. He scalped his maiden Test wicket in the form of Parthiv Patel. News agency PTI also quoted him as saying that trapping one of the world's best batsmen, Virat Kohli, lbw in India's second innings of the second Test was a special moment. The Test debutant went on to take 6-39 on day five as India crashed to 151 all out and lost the series 2-0. Ngidi won the Man-of-the-Match award for taking 7 wickets for 90 runs in this second Test.
The 22-year-old had also arranged for his parents to watch his match during India vs South Africa Test series. He took to Twitter to share his excitement and also posted a picture with his parents. He captioned the photo, “Look who arrived to watch the final test match, 1st time in a hotel, 1st time in joburg. Parents showing support😍❤ #NgidiFamily”
(With PTI inputs)