In recent developments from Cricket South Africa (CSA), the Board stated their reservations regarding injured AB de Villiers’ little golf outing during his process of rehabilitation from the injury he sustained at the Final Test match of Jo’burg. The injury forced him to pull out of the first half of the ongoing ODI series against India.
CSA expects their ace batsman to return to action before the Fourth ODI at Jo’burg, know as the ‘Pink ODI’ in support of breast cancer awareness. Head of CSA medical committee, Dr. Shuaib Manjra clearly did not appreciate AB de Villiers’ activity, terming it as risky.
“Once you have got an injury and you are out of the squad, you will be on your own with your franchise. You will be free to pursue any other activity you would like to, but obviously, we would appreciate not engaging in any activity as it is risky,” claimed Manjra according to Sportstarlive.
South Africa, after losing AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn, further received a major blow to their campaign with the finger injury to Faf du Plessis which ruled him out of the ODI and T20I series. The depleted Proteas team now trail the 6-match ODI series by 2-0 which is why they desperately require the services of Mr. 360.
“We expect him to return in probably two weeks time, but we are also going to take it as it comes. A decision will be made closer to the fourth ODI. He clearly won’t be ready for the ODI in Cape Town on Wednesday, but we will try to get him ready for the pink ODI,” further stated Manjra.
However, AB swinging the golf club and playing several rounds of the game at the Pretoria Country Club earlier last week might be viewed as an optimistic signal of his recovery by the South Africans.
“Golf is very different to cricket and his injury is healing. If he could play 18 rounds of golf, without complaining of pain, it’s a positive sign for us,” augmented the Head of CSA medical committee. Manjra also predicted Dale Steyn‘s return ahead of the Australian series after he injured some tissues during the Cape Town Test. “We are monitoring him on a weekly basis and he should be fit for the series against Australia (starting March 1). He is rehabilitating extremely well,” concluded Dr Manjra.