Mfuneko Ngam

Country: South Africa
Born: January 29, 1979, Middledrift, Cape Province
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast

Mfuneko Ngam Bio

Mfuneko Ngam, affectionately known as “Chew,” is a former South African cricketer who made a significant impact in the cricketing world during his short but promising career. Born on June 8, 1980, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Ngam displayed immense talent and potential from early on, having shown a keen interest in the sport since his childhood.

Ngam’s hero and inspiration in the cricketing world was none other than the legendary Allan Donald, one of South Africa’s greatest fast bowlers. However, Ngam’s playing style also bore a resemblance to the renowned West Indian cricketer, Michael Holding. With a smooth run-up and effortlessly fast deliveries, Ngam had the ability to make even the most skilled batsmen hop around uncomfortably.

Ngam’s international debut came in December 2000 during a Test match against New Zealand. At the age of just 21, he showcased his natural talent and raw pace, leaving everyone in awe. Following his impressive performances against Sri Lanka, Ngam, alongside Makhaya Ntini, became the first African cricketer to be voted as a national cricketer of the year in 2001. The future was full of possibilities for this young fast bowler.

Unfortunately, Ngam’s journey in the world of cricket was plagued by a series of stress fractures in his legs, which hindered his progress and halted his rise to stardom. These injuries raised concerns about the underlying causes, with suggestions ranging from a potential genetic disorder to dietary deficiencies earlier in his life. Seeking answers, Ngam underwent numerous tests in a bid to understand why his bones appeared to be unusually fragile.

Despite the setbacks, Ngam’s potential was undeniable. His pace and skill reverberated through the cricketing community and earned him a reputation as a formidable fast bowler. His contributions to South African cricket have left a lasting impact, showcasing his natural talent and inspiring a generation of aspiring cricketers.

Ngam’s career unfortunately came to an early end due to the persistent injuries. However, his legacy and the impression he left on the game still resonate with both his fans and his peers. Though he may not have achieved the long and illustrious career that many predicted for him, Ngam’s impact on South African cricket cannot be underestimated.

Beyond the cricket field, Ngam is known for his humility and perseverance. His determination to overcome obstacles and the positive attitude he displayed throughout his career endeared him to both teammates and fans alike. Today, Ngam serves as an inspiration to young cricketers, reminding them of the importance of dedication, hard work, and the pursuit of excellence.

Mfuneko Ngam’s journey may have been cut short, but his imprint on the game of cricket is indelible. His natural talent, combined with his passion for the game, left an unforgettable legacy. Deserving of admiration and respect, Ngam will forever be remembered as a talented cricketer who overcame adversity and showcased immense potential in his short-lived career.

Mfuneko Ngam Career Stats

Mfuneko Ngam Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 1 1 0 0* - 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 46 54 9 329 35 7.31 - - 0 0 - - 15 0
List A 42 11 8 13 4 4.33 - - 0 0 - - 8 0
T20s 13 3 1 5 2* 2.5 15 33.33 0 0 0 0 2 0

Mfuneko Ngam Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 3 5 392 189 11 3/26 6/62 17.18 2.89 35.6 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 46 - 7059 3690 115 4/25 - 32.08 3.13 61.3 - 0 0
List A 42 - 1612 1275 46 4/20 4/20 27.71 4.74 35 3 0 0
T20s 13 11 168 245 8 2/22 2/22 30.62 8.75 21 0 0 0

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