South Africa’s injury curse continues
The ODI series against India is turning into a nightmare for South Africa and their injury curse continues. After losing Ab de Villiers for the first three ODIs, they lost their skipper Faf du Plessis after the first ODI.
Due to the ruling out of du Plessis for the reminder of the series and also the T20I series, 23-year old batsman Aiden Markram who has played only 2 ODIs has been named the captain for rest of the match and also for the T20I series.
Markram’s first match as a captain was something he will want to forget as quickly as possible. Proteas were bundled out for just 118 runs in the 2nd ODI and it ended as a comfortable victory for India by 9 wickets.
But that’s not the end. Yet another injury has caused a huge blow to South Africa and this time its the wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock. He has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day international (ODI) series and upcoming T20 international series against India due to a left wrist injury.
De Kock sustained the injury during the second ODI against India at SuperSport Park on Sunday and will require two to four weeks to make a recovery.
Proteas team manager, Mohammad Moosajee, explained the injury: “Quinton suffered an extreme blow to the left wrist while batting in the second ODI on Sunday and felt severe pain and discomfort. Further investigation revealed severe bony bruising to the area, with associated swelling around the tendon in the wrist.”
He added: “This type of injury will require between two-four weeks to heal, which subsequently rules him out of the remainder of the ODI and T20 series against India. The Cricket South Africa medical team will aim to have him ready for the Test series against Australia starting next month.”