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Lungi Ngidi was very close to his father : mother wants her son to return for the IPL
MUMBAI, Apr 14: Bongi Ngidi, the mother of South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi wants her son to return India and play the remaining IPL matches.

The 22-year-old right-arm pacer left for South Africa on Friday to attend his father's funeral, who suddenly died on late Thursday night.

Speaking exclusively over her mobile from South Africa, Lungi Ngidi's mother, Bongi, said, "my son is reaching here at around 4.00 PM (South Africa time). I want him (Lungi) to go back after the funeral and play for his team".

"Lungi was very close to his father (Jerome) and even my husband would want to watch him play from heaven".

"Jerome had a spinal surgery sometime back but was not fully recovered and was admitted in the Hill Crest hospital, where he died on Friday. The saddest news to Lungi was conveyed by me", she added.

"The deceased body has been kept in morgue and the postmortem will be done on Tuesday or Wednesday and only after that Lungi may decide to return to India and play the IPL matches".

"Lungi's was from a humble working class background. He was, however, extremely proud of his parents and thankful for their support. As a youngster he often spoken to boarding manageress expressing a hope that through cricket he would be able to buy his parents a house of their own. I think that he has managed to already do this. Although close to his father he understood that because of circumstances his father did not get to watch him play as often as the other boys did", Lungi's mentor, Mike Mill, speaking exclusively from South Africa said.

Lungi's sudden departure was not known to his CSK team members till they were preparing for the practice session in Chandigarh on Friday.

It is not known whether the players would wear black arm bands on Sunday during their match against Kings XI Punjab.

"We have not taken a final call on this. Either captain or team management will decide on this", Russell Radhakrishnan, the team official said.

News Updated at : Sunday, April 15, 2018
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