De Villiers ruled out of T20I series due to knee injury

Frederick Owens
February 19, 2018

A Cricket South Africa statement said the 34-year-old player is nursing a left knee injury.

Even before the first ball of the T20 global series between India and South Africa began in Johannesburg, the hosts were dealt with a killer blow as the talismanic AB de Villiers has been ruled out for the three match series.

South Africa have already been set back by the absence of Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock and with de Villiers' also getting ruled out, the woes have just worsened for the hosts, who lost the ODI series by a 5-1 margin.

The selectors haven't named any replacement in the squad for the ongoing T20I series, said the CSA release.

South African skipper JP Duminy confirmed that rotation will take place, but that they needed De Villiers to win the T20 series.

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Meanwhile, Duminy won the toss and invited India to bat in the first contest of the series at New Wanderers, Johannesburg.

South Africa next play Australia in the first Test of a four-game rubber at Durban's Kingsmead on March 1, and de Villiers is expected to return to full fitness in time for that game. AB de Villiers had missed the first three matches of the ODI series with a finger injury. In his first two games, de Villiers fell to Hardik Pandya while the rest of the batsmen fumbled against spin.

De Villiers suggested he was in the best form of his life after the second Test despite the long break.

Keeping in mind the upcoming home Tests versus Australia, Cricket South Africa (CSA) chose to give him time for full recovery.

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