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IPL 2018: CSK bowler recalls the time when he sold peanuts for a living

The last twelve months has seen a meteoric rise in stature for him.

Lungi Ngidi
Lungi Ngidi. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The Chennai Super Kings have had a decent time in the Indian Premier League this season. They have come back to the IPL roster after having served their two year suspension period. And after the first week of the tournament this year, team CSK has already produced three thrilling encounters. It has been quite an exciting time for the Men in Yellow in the tournament.

Prior to the commencement of the season, many mocked the CSK team management for having picked senior players in the side. Albeit the side had young players like Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, and Deepak Chahar, the eyes only went on the senior lot that boasted of players like MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Imran Tahir, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis and a few more.

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And now, as the tournament is underway, the critics have got a fitting answer from the team when it comes to the performances. Now, as it turns out, many hail the move of the Super Kings to go with experience in the auctions. Despite the fact that the team went ahead with the senior players at auctions, the point that they had watchful eyes on the youngsters as well stand out in the strategy point of view.

CSK blends youth with experience

One of the beneficiaries of this strategy of having youth on board as well was South African pacer Lungi Ngidi. For the youngster, it was a dream come true to feature in a side full of legends. Also, the last twelve months has seen a meteoric rise in stature for Ngidi. Lungi Ngidi made a phenomenal Test debut against India recently, scalping a six-wicket haul in the second innings of his maiden Test. Soon, he fetched an IPL contract too.

Many would reckon it is merry time for him. However, things have not always been a bed of roses for him. He had taken to the micro blogging site Twitter to reveal that there was a time he used to sell peanuts to earn a living. “Fun fact: There was a stage my brothers and i used to sit and sell peanuts on the side of the road,” Ngidi tweeted from his account. It is really great to see such struggles reap rich dividends to the ones who endured them. For now, Ngidi has headed back to South Africa following the sad demise of his father.

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