South Africa have suffered a big blow to their World Cup campaign as premier bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out due to shoulder injury. The 35-year old has suffered from shoulder impingement syndrome after underwent examination in the UK past week.
Left-arm pacer Beuran Hendricks has been named as Steyn’s replacement in the 15-man squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
The pace bowler did not play the warm-up games for South Africa and also sat on the sidelines as South Africa took on England in the World Cup opener at the Oval. He suffered from shoulder inflammation during 2019 Indian Premier League and immediately flew back to South Africa for assessment.
South Africa Manager Dr. Mohammad Moosajee said that Steyn suffered a unique injury as the scans did not show any kind of chronic issue in his shoulder. Dale Steyn consulted an orthopedic specialist in London who decided to give injection in order to reduce the inflammation in the shoulder.
But unfortunately, he did not make any good progress so Cricket South Africa made a formal announcement that he will take no further part in the World Cup.
Dale Steyn has been ruled of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to shoulder impingement syndrome
Faf du Plessis said that the absence of Steyn will certainly hamper South Africa’s bowling resources. He stated that Steyn offers a lot to bowling department in limited-overs format. On the other hand, pace bowler Lungi Ngidi has suffered from strain in his left-hamstring and is effectively ruled out for atleast 10 days.
Without their key bowlers, South Africa have a big problem whether to play Tabraiz Shamsi or Dwaine Pretorius in the playing XI.
Beuran Hendricks did play a couple of T20 games for South Africa against Pakistan. The 29-year old has done well in white-ball cricket in the domestic competition. He made his limited-overs debut against Pakistan earlier this year.
South Africa have lost their first two games of the competition and will take on India at Southampton on 5th June.