South Africa got a big blow as one of their pacers Lungi Ngidi has ruled out for 10 days after suffering a hamstring injury during the game against Bangladesh where they lost by 21 runs. Ngidi started limping off with a hamstring strain after bowling only four overs at the Oval. However, the details were later revealed that he wouldn’t be able to play for at least 7-10 days which means he will not be available in their game against India in Southampton.
“Ngidi sustained sharp discomfort in his left hamstring. We decided he had a hamstring strain. He will be out for a week to 10 days,” Mohammed Moosajee, the Proteas team doctor said to the reporters. “He will have a scan tomorrow (Monday). We hope he can be ready for the West Indies match.”
The absence of Ngidi will further affect South Africa’s performance as the key players Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla are out of the squad due to injuries. While Steyn has been suffering from the shoulder injury, Amla got hurt on the helmet by a Jofra Archer’s bouncer during their first game against England and he didn’t take part against Bangladesh. However, Moosajee further revealed that Amla is recovering well and he might play in the game against India. On the other hand, there’s no clue about Steyn’s availability.
“The concussion assessments were done on Thursday and initially the results were inconclusive. Then the next test showed he could bat,” Moosajee said. “Subsequent to the match, the next day he felt some symptoms, so as a precaution we decided to rest him for this game. The plan is to have him ready for the game against India in Southampton,” he added.
South Africa didn’t have a great start in the World Cup as they have lost both their games against England and Bangladesh. They will take on India on June 5 at the Rose Bowl, Southampton.