Things are going from bad to worse for South Africa, as star opener Quinton de Kock has been ruled out of the ODI and T20I series against India.
The hosts have already lost their first two matches in convincing fashion, and needed their out of form star to snap out of his slump. De Kock has had a nightmarish series against India so far, as the wicket-keeper has barely made a contribution to his side over the last few weeks.
After a dreadful test series, de Kock was expected to perform in the limited overs format. The South African has a wonderful record against India, but failed to make much of a difference in the first two ODIs.
This is what Cricket South Africa had to say after de Kock’s 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.
“This type of injury will require between 2-4 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.”
Cricket South Africa will not name a replacement for de Kock.
The hosts were already missing AB de Villiers for the first three ODIs, before skipper Faf du Plessis suffered an injury in the first match and was subsequently ruled out of the series.
Faf was superb in the first ODI, as in the absence of AB de Villiers, du Plessis took on more responsibility and rose to the occasion to score a terrific century.
With De Villiers and Du Plessis missing, the South Africans capitulated to their lowest ever score on home soil in the second ODI at Centurion. The Indians spinners were rampant again, as India bowled out South Africa for just 118, which was easily chased down with the loss of just one wicket.
Wonder what South Africa will do now!