South Africa have suffered a huge blow ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against India as veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the ongoing edition of the quadrennial event due to a shoulder injury which failed to respond to the treatment. He will now be replaced by left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks.
This was tweeted by Cricket World Cup on their official Twitter account.
Steyn was earlier ruled out of the Indian Premier League owing to inflammation in his shoulder. Even after reaching the United Kingdom, Steyn did not play in either of South Africa's two warm-up games nor did he feature in South Africa's last two unsuccessful outings against England and Bangladesh respectively.
This comes as a setback for an otherwise demoralised South African side who are yet to register their first win in the showpiece event as they prepare to face the Virat Kohli-led Team India on Wednesday. Apart from Steyn's injury, Proteas already lost out Anrich Nortje earlier, who was then replaced by Chris Morris. Even their young fast bowler Lungi Ngidi had to leave the field after bowling four overs against Bangladesh after the quickie suffered a hamstring injury. He did not take further part in the contest and the next day, it was revealed that Ngidi will take at least a week or 10 days to recover.
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