South Africa v India: AB de Villiers ruled out of first three ODIs due to finger injury

South Africa and India will kick-off the 6 match ODI series on 1st February in Durban after an exhilarating test series, which was won by the hosts. However, India did show they mettle in the 3rd and final test match as they recorded a historic win at Johannesburg. Specialist ODI players have been drafted into both the teams but one man who will be sourly missed by the South Africans is star batsman AB de Villiers due to a finger injury.

De Villiers will miss the first 3 ODI’s as he recovers from the injury that he sustained during India’s 63 run win in the 3rd test match. Coincidently the injury when the 34-year-old dove to take RCB teammate Virat Kohli’s catch in the 1st innings. Although he batted later in the test match, the actual extent of the injury only became clear once the was over.

According to South African team doctors, De Villiers will require at least 2 weeks of recovery before he is fully fit to get back into the playing XI. South African cricket association have chosen not to name a replacement for the mercurial batsman rather they will wait for him to be fit for the 4th ‘Pink’ ODI.

“De Villiers sustained the injury to his right index finger during the third Test against India and will require up to two weeks to make a full recovery. The CSA medical team is hopeful De Villiers will recover in time for the fourth ‘Pink’ ODI at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday, February 10th. The selectors have opted not to name a replacement.” Cricket South Africa said in a statement on Tuesday this week.
De Villiers was recently named in the ICC ODI team of the year, and his absence will be sorely missed by the South African team, who are looking to get back to winning ways after a shock defeat in the 3rd test match against India.


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