De Villiers ruled out of T20 series against India

Pauline Gross
February 19, 2018

A knee injury has forced AB de Villiers out of the three-match Twenty20 global series against India which started in Johannesburg on Sunday (February 18).

With the big Australia Test series coming up soon, one expects the Proteas to be careful with the fitness of AB de Villiers as he is without an iota of doubt one of their best players.

The selectors will not name a replacement.

Even before the first ball of the T20 worldwide 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.

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In a release, Cricket South Africa further said that de Villiers has been advised rest to allow him a full recovery ahead of the four-Test series against Australia starting in Durban on March 1.

With India having recorded their first-ever bilateral ODI series win in South Africa after beating the Proteas 5-1, Duminy has his sights set on redemption. Their injury woes worsened as South African stalwart AB de Villiers has been ruled out for the remainder of the tour.

The 34-year-old has played 110 Test matches and scored 8338 runs at an average of 49.92 and will loom as a key figure if the hosts are to defeat the Aussies in the upcoming Test series. In his first two games, de Villiers fell to Hardik Pandya while the rest of the batsmen fumbled against spin.

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

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