South Africa’s gun fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the entire ICC World Cup 2019 after he suffered a second shoulder injury which has not responded to treatment. Steyn had missed the first two matches against England and Bangladesh and it was reported that he has recovered 85% for the match against India. However, now it is confirmed that the veteran fast bowler has been ruled out.

South Africa’s southpaw seamer Beuran Hendricks has been named as the replacement for the experienced fast bowler. Hendricks has thus far played only two One Day Internationals for the Proteas in which he has claimed one wicket. Thus, Hendricks doesn’t have experience under his belt.

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Big blow for South Africa.

On the other hand, this is a big blow for the South African side. They are battling with injury woes as Lungi Ngidi is also ruled out for the match against India with a hamstring injury. Ngidi could only bowl four overs against Bangladesh and he didn’t take further part in the competition.

Furthermore, Proteas talisman batsman Hashim Amla had also missed the match against Bangladesh. Amla was hit on the head by Jofra Archer in the opening match and he had walk off the field after retiring hurt.

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Hence, South Africa has a lot of issues to address. Furthermore, Faf du Plessis-led side got off to a poor start in the ongoing ICC World Cup as they have lost both their opening match against England and Bangladesh. They lost the opening match against hosts by a massive margin of 104 runs and lost the second against the Tigers by 21 runs.

Thus, South Africa will need to turn the tables quickly and they would need to be at their best against the potent Indian side. South Africa will play their third World Cup match against India at Rose Bowl, Southampton on 5th June.