DALE STEYN RULED OUT OF INDIA SERIES
India vs South Africa – 1st Test
Newlands, Cape Town
Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the first Test against India with tissue damage and he is unlikely to play any further part in the series.
When he was bowling his 18th over of the innings and the final over before tea, he picked up the injury while landing awkwardly in a foot-hole. He immediately felt the pain in his left heel, knew that something was wrong and left the field.
Steyn was taken for scans, and the news from Proteas team manager, after the day’s play was not good.
He confirmed that Steyn would not bowl again in Cape Town and is unlikely to feature again in the series. He has damaged a tissue of left heel and will be out for a minimum period of four to six weeks.
Steyn was playing in his first Test since November 2016 when he suffered a shoulder injury against Australia. He was out of action for 1 year after a major surgery for shoulder dislocation.
He was getting in his rhythm in the first Test against India and had figures of 2 for 51. He picks crucial wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Wriddhiman Saha in his 17.3 overs spell. He has now 419 scalps overall in Test cricket, and he needs just three more to overtake Shaun Pollock as the country’s all-time leading wicket-taker in the Test format.