Cape Town: South Africa were dealt a major blow after their senior most pacer Dale Steyn was ruled out for the remainder of the three-match Test series against India after damaging a tissue on his left heel during Day 2 of the opening Test in Cape Town.
Steyn left the field in little discomfort with a bruised left heel on Saturday on Day 2 of the first Test being played at Newlands in Cape Town. Steyn pulled up three balls into his 18th over after taking two for 51 in India’s first innings. Steyn, 34, had not played in a first-class match since suffering a fractured shoulder in a Test in Australia in November 2016.
Steyn in fact was getting into the groove as he had figures of 2 for 51 with wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha during his comeback Test. He was out of action for one year after a major surgery for shoulder dislocation.
He recently made a comeback in competitive cricket and Cricket South Africa (CSA) did not play during the four-day Test against Zimbabwe to preserve him for the India series.
He was included in a four-man pace attack for the India Test despite coach Ottis Gibson expressing concern about risking him because of a lack of match practice.