South African veteran fast bowler, Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The 35-year old pacer was nursing from a shoulder injury and has not responded to treatment ahead of their third match in the prestigious tournament against Indian on Wednesday.
The news comes as a big blow for the Proteas as 28-year old pacer Beuran Hendricks will replace Steyn for the rest of their campaign. Steyn was struggling to get fully fit and hence he has not participated in any of the warm-up games or the starting two matches of the World Cup.
It will be difficult for Faf Du Plesis and his men to rise up again as pacer Lungi Ngidi also looked in discomfort in the last game against Bangladesh leaving the match midway. The young pacer had issues with his hamstring which left Du Plesis with limited bowling options at the death overs. The Proteas were looking at Steyn to come back against India and find some rythym to set sails for their side after two back to back crushing losses.
Steyn had his issues with the same shoulder which underwent surgery back in 2016 and was not feeling himself during the Indian Premier League as he was withdrawn before doing any further damage. The veteran pacer returned to South Africa and consulted a specialist and then started nursing to get back to full fitness ahead of the showpiece event back in May.
Steyn’s exclusion and Ngidi’s hamstring injury leave Proteas head coach Ottis Gibson with limited fast bowling options. It remains to be seen whether the inexperienced Beuran Hendricks takes the field against Indian on Wednesday or they rather increase their batting depth and play allrounder Dwaine Pretorius alongside Chris Morris.