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ICC World Cup 2019: Hamstring injury rules out South African for 10 days

By Parul Raina

Lungi Ngidi, the pick of the South African bowlers in the tournament opener against England, bumbled off the field with a hamstring strain in the seventh over of the match against Bangladesh.

A run-out and few injury worries in the squad when the tournament has just begun.

Injuries are the worst thing a player can have when the matches are going on. The cricketers prepare extremely hard to get themselves ready for this esteemed tournament. However, some of the prime players have suffered injuries either in the warm-up matches or in the ongoing world cup series.

Two of the world’s top 10 bowlers belong to South Africa. Their fast bowling attack has fire written all over it, led by Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada, and supported by Lungi Ngidi and Dwaine Pretorius. That’s three of the world’s fastest, and most fearsome, bowlers.

Ngidi has had injury issues, having missed the IPL due to a side strain while playing a home series against Sri Lanka. Ngidi’s ideal replacement should be Dale Steyn provided he gets fit in time.

Steyn bowled a couple of overs in the nets but there is still no clarity on his availability for the India game.

“He came off. He was assessed and clinically we felt that he had a left hamstring strain. We decided not to let him go out there and bowl any further in this match. It probably means that he’ll be out for about a week to ten days, but we’ll have scans done tomorrow, ” said South Africa Team manager Mohammed Moosajee.

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Steyn to return for SA

This was the second linear loss for the team, so currently the player will not be playing about a week to 10 days, the plan is to get him ready for the west indies match, incase the recovery isn’t seen then the team is all set to call upon Dale Steyn in his place who is recovering from his shoulder injury and along with him Hashim Amla is also expected to return.

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Parul Raina