Team India were dreading the idea of facing South Africa’s ace pace bowler, Dale Steyn, in the three-match Test series. While watching Dale Steyn uproot Indian wickets in the first Test was not a good sight, it was a little heartbreaking for even the Indian fans when the 34-year-old walked off the field on crutches due to an injury.
Steyn, who is considered one of the greatest pace bowlers, had left the field during India’s first innings. He had bowled 17.3 overs in which he took two wickets and delivered 6 maidens. Following the injury, the pacer went to get his bruised left heel scanned.
Although Steyn did not bowl any further, he came out limping to bat amidst loud cheers in South Africa’s second innings.
Steyn was ruled out for the whole series, but can make a surprise return
After selectors ruled him out for the remainder of the Test series against India, Steyn consulted a foot and ankle specialist. His condition will now be reassessed in four to six weeks’ time. Despite the uncertainty, however, the slinger has assured his fans that he will be back in action very soon.
As reported by India Today, Dale Steyn spoke about his injury and said,
“I’m on the crutches because I’ve got a ‘no bearing weight on the leg’ for a while, at least two weeks, which makes it seem worse than it actually is.”.
“But it’s right underneath the heel, so it’s extremely sore to stand on or step on. And as you know, as fast bowlers we land on that front foot pretty often. So I’m going to have to give it time to recover – six weeks, and I’ll be up and running again.”
Steyn had returned from a previous injury for the Test series against India
Ironically, Steyn was making a comeback from a previous injury after almost an year. But his stint for the India series was cut short on day 2 of the first Test, after landing awkwardly while bowling one of his blinding deliveries. Nonetheless, South Africa beat India by 72 runs at Newlands to go one-up in the three-match series.
Steyn not worried, has been through worse injuries
Commenting on his injury, Steyn said that he wasn’t too worried about it, as he has gone through worse injuries in his career. The pacer said that he was hoping to recover fully and be fit for home Test-series against Australia in March/April. He said,
“Yeah, that (getting ready for the Australia series) is the plan. Next two weeks, nothing on my feet. Stay off my feet. After that, I’ll start walking around, and in about four weeks, I’ll start running and then look to start practicing again in six weeks.
“That’s a long time. I spent a whole year out, so when someone says to me six weeks, it doesn’t sound too bad,” added Steyn with a laugh.
Steyn was, however, thankful that his previous shoulder injury had not sprouted up, as that would have been a bigger blow to him. He underplayed his heel injury and said,
“But this is a cricket injury, it’s like a batter getting hit on the hand and breaking a finger. So I’m okay with that, just got to put it away and get on with the job.”