South Africa suffered a severe blow as their wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock suffered a wrist injury and ultimately ruled out of the series. With Faf and ABD already out of the series, the hosts fell into a severe trap ahead of the third ODI at Capetown.
De Kock sustained the injury in the second ODI at Centurion. He looked in a fine touch before Chahal spun a web around him for 20 runs. He is expected to be out for 2-4 weeks. The Proteas management will be looking forward to seeing him in the Australia test series starting on March 1.
The press release
Speaking to the media the SA team manager Dr. Mohammed moosajee said “Quinton suffered an extreme blow to the left wrist while batting in the second ODI and felt severe pain. Further investigation revealed severe bony bruising to the area, with associated swelling around the tendon in the wrist.”
The management added the titan”s wicketkeeper Heinrich Klassen prior to the second ODI as a backup keeper.
Quinton de Kock who was in a fine touch in both the home and away series against India in 2013 and 2015 had a poor outing this time. Eventually, he also slipped down to 27th rank in ICC Test rankings. His absence will surely hurt the top order whose middle order already looks fragile. Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, and Miller have to bear the burden to change South Africa”s fortunes in this series.
A plethora of changes is expected in the Southafrican playing XI to turn the tables. It is to be noticed that lack of contributions from the middle order, cost SA their no:1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings.
India lead the series 2-0 and the next match will be played at Newlands, Capetown on February 7.