AB de Villiers, an exemplary batsman and without a doubt one of the best players on the South African Team, has been ruled out of joining his team in South Africa’s T20I against India due to a knee injury. The player impaired his left knee at Centurion in the final ODI which India won by a 5-1 margin. Having cleared the fitness test, the team manager, Dr. Mohammed Moosajee revealed that the 34-year old player’s injury had worsened during the course of the 6th ODI and recovery was still underway.
“He suffered a blow to the knee while batting ahead of the fifth ODI, and although he passed a fitness test on Friday, the injury worsened significantly throughout the match. The Cricket South Africa medical team has advised he is given a period of rest and rehabilitation to make a full recovery ahead of the four-match series against Australia starting next month.”, Moosajee recounted.
With the pending four-match series against Australia, the player has been sent on a leave for rehabilitation which was evident in the team selection by the South African captain, JP Duminy on Sunday as he elected to field first.
“AB de Villiers is not playing as he has hurt his knee in the last ODI. We have included a few faces for the T20 series. It’s time for a refresh button after the dismal ODI series,” Duminy said at the coin toss.
In the absence of AB de Villiers, the South African team has opted to bring in Heinrich Klaasen and Carl Junior Dala to make a debut in South Africa T20I against India. The team is already without Faf Du Plessis and Quentin De Knock, both recovering from injuries themselves, and with Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram also rested for the T20I series, the woes of the South African team see no end.
As the test series against Australia draws close on March 1st at Durban, the South African team is under much pressure having not won a match against Australia at home since 1970. De Villiers has scored five out of his 21 centuries against Australia and is of much importance to the South African team, as the dismal team awaits his return to the field.