South African pacer Dale Steyn has been ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019 due to a shoulder injury. He has been replaced by Beuran Hendricks in the squad. ICC confirmed the news on Twitter a few minutes back.
BREAKING: Dale Steyn is out of #CWC19 after suffering a second shoulder injury which has not responded to treatment. Left-arm fast bowler @Beuran_H13 joins the squad ahead of tomorrow’s crucial clash against India in Southampton.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 4, 2019
Hendricks, Steyn’s replacement, has played 2 ODIs and 10 T20Is so far. He made his ODI debut in the series against Pakistan that was played earlier this year. Although he has an experience of playing World Cup as he was a part of the South Africa squad for T20I World Cup in 2014.
The update comes as a big blow for South Africa, who were hopeful of getting the services of Steyn during the tournament. The team management waited for the pacer to get fit. Earlier, he was ruled out of the opening match against England. Later, he also missed Bangladesh match but trained for the India match two days prior to the contest.
However, he missed the practice session on the eve of the game and just after the session, ICC confirmed that Steyn has been ruled out of the tournament.
He had suffered an injury during his IPL stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore. He arrived in the camp after Nathan Coulter-Nile was ruled out of the tournament. In fact, he did not land in India.
RCB called up Steyn as his replacement. He gave a big boost to the franchise in two matches that he played but a shoulder issue forced him to miss a match. Later, RCB announced that he was ruled out of the tournament.
The injury was enough to keep Steyn in doubt for the World Cup as well and he returns back to South Africa without playing any match.
Apart from Steyn, South Africa have another big concern as Lungi Ngidi will not be part of India contest. He suffered a hamstring injury against Bangladesh and is set to sit out for 10 days.
There can be a case when Hendricks might make his 50-over World Cup debut tomorrow, keeping in mind Indian openers’ struggle against left-arm pacers. Dwaine Pretorius is also a likely contender to walk into the playing XI.
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Publish date : 2019-06-04 11:48:45