Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a recurring shoulder injury.
Cricket South Africa have named left-arm pacer Beuran Hendricks as Steyn’s replacement for the remaining tournament.
The 35-year-old Steyn had sustained a shoulder injury during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 where he played a couple of games for his new franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“Bowler Steyn has suffered a second shoulder injury which has not responded to treatment and has ruled him out of bowling for the foreseeable future. His replacement Hendricks is a left-arm fast bowler,” Cricket South Africa said in a statement.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) June 4, 2019
The South African team management were hoping that Steyn would be fit in time for their match against India on June 5, but now will have to take the field with two of their premier bowlers ruled out. The Proteas are also missing the services of Lungi Ngidi who injured his hamstring during the match against Bangladesh.
Also, this edition was supposed to be Steyn’s last World Cup and the injury could well mean a sad end to the career of one of the greatest fast bowlers of modern era.