After recovering from his finger injury South African batsman AB de Villiers is back in his team for the remaining three ODIs against India.
Although his presence is confirmed, but his availability to play in the fourth ODI is yet to be determined. The fourth game of the 6-match series is to be played on February 10 at Wanderers.
De Villiers was not able to play in the first half of the series because of the finger injury he suffered while fielding in the third ODI against India. All the three games were in favor of India and the Proteas lost these games soundly. The selectors confirmed the return of De Villiers in the Johannesburg meet on Thursday, but they commented that he still needs to be assessed before the fourth ODI to confirm his fitness.
If AB de Villiers returns to the team it will provide the South African side the much-needed confidence against the attack of the spinner-duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who are rattling the hosts mercilessly. Both the spinners have taken 21 wickets in the series so far maintaining a marvelously low average of 9.05.
Speaking on the return of De Villiers, JP Duminy said, “Having AB back is going to be a massive boost.” He added, “He’s one of the world’s best players in one-day cricket. He will bring confidence to the team and his leadership within the group will add a lot of value as well.”
The addition of De Villiers is the only change in the South African Squad. In the on-going ODI series, the hosts have introduced some new players. Bowler Lungi Ngidi, wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen, and batsman Khaya Zondo made their debuts in this series. While the experienced Test players were given rest for the upcoming series against Australia, the performance of the South African team in the series has been abysmal.
While there are senior players such as Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Hashim Amla in the team they are not able to do much. Morkel was given rest in the third ODI while Rabada is expected to sit out in at least one of the remaining matches. Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock are also out of the remaining series because of their injuries.