South Africa star batsman AB de Villiers has been ruled out of the ongoing three-match T20I series against India because of an injured left knee on Sunday. De Villiers was not part of South Africa’s playing XI in the first T20I at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, and soon the news came through that not only the first match he was also out for the remainder of the series.
The right-handed batsman picked up the injury ahead of the fifth ODI against India, informed a press release from Cricket South Africa.
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In the press release, South Africa’s team manager, Mohammed Moosajee said, “He suffered a blow to the knee while batting ahead of the fifth ODI, and although he passed a fitness test on Friday, the injury worsened significantly throughout the match.”
The South African team has already faced a set back by the absence of Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock and with de Villiers’ also being ruled out, the matter of concerns seems to be increasing for the hosts, who lost the ODI series by a 5-1 margin.
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However, the Proteas had won the three-match Test series by 2-1 with the last Test in Johannesburg was won by Team India. Since then, there has been no looking back for the men in blue as they not only snatched the numero uno position in the ICC ODI team rankings from the South African team but also played a dominating cricket in the ODI series.
As per the current news is concerned the CSA is yet to name a replacement for AB de Villiers in the T20I series against India.