SA vs Ind 1st Test 2018 : Dale Steyn ruled out of Newlands Test with heel injury

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South African fast bowling great Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the ongoing SA vs Ind 1st Test 2018 at Newlands, Cape Town after sustaining a left heel injury.

The 34-year-old who took two wickets in the Indian first innings pulled off midway through his 18th over after struggling to complete his run up in what was the last over before Tea of the South Africa vs India Cape Town Test match.

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Dale Steyn was rushed to a hospital for scans and it was confirmed that the fast bowler had suffered a serious injury which would keep him out of action for 4-6 weeks. That not only rules him out of the SA vs Ind 1st Test but also for the remainder of the series.

It was a pity that Dale Steyn was only making his international comeback after recovering from a shoulder injury he had suffered in November 2016 during a series against Australia.

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Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn, who has taken his wickets tally in Tests to 419 with the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Wriddhiman Saha, is just three wickets short of going past Shaun Pollock as South Africa’s highest wicket taker in Test cricket.

During the second day’s play of the SA vs Ind Test at Cape Town, Dale Steyn suffered what is a freakish injury as per the Proteas team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee with the fast bowler landing awkwardly in one of the foot-holes around the bowling crease.

Mohammed Moosajee has been quoted on Dale Steyn injury in the media as saying: “During Dale’s 18th over in his delivery stride he unfortunately landed awkwardly in the foot-holes, and this caused a significant strain to the foot leading to tissue damage on the under-side of the foot.

“The recovery period for this could be anything from 4-6 weeks, which means he could be out for the series.

“What is important to note is that this injury was freakish because of how his foot landed and is no way related to his bowling loads or not being match ready,” Moosajee added.

“Understandable, he was disappointed. But knowing Dale like we know him and you know him, he understands that he is going to try his best to recover as quickly as he can because he wants to be out there.

“You could see how much he was enjoying himself out there.”

South Africa are in the driver’s seat in the Cape Town test match despite Dale Steyn injury with an overall lead of 142 runs with 8 wickets in hand in their second innings after the completion of the second day’s play. Check out the SA vs Ind 1st Test Day 2 Highlights here.

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