ICC World Cup 2019: Can Dale Steyn Recover Before the Start of the Showpiece Event
South Africa speedster Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the remainder of Vivo IPL 12 owing to a shoulder injury which he sustained during RCB’s match against the Chennai Super Kings which RCB won by a solitary. Dale Steyn is part of the 15 members South Africa preliminary World Cup squad and the injury will certainly be worrying signs for the Proteas in the showpiece event which is slated to start from 30th May.
He suffered a flare up on his right shoulder which ruled him out of the rest of the tournament. The fast bowler will now return to South Africa and get his shoulder accessed by expert doctors. Dr Mohammed Moosajee, the Proteas’ team doctor said: “Dale felt discomfort after playing his second match at the tournament. Upon assessment and subsequent investigations, a flare-up of his right shoulder was confirmed.
Moosajee further added that with the squad slated to fly off to England on 219th May, it is their priority to get Dale Steyn back to full fitness ahead of the quadrennial event. The ICC has given 23rd May as the final date of making changes for the marquee event. The Proteas will be preparing for a week ahead of the World Cup which will begin on 12th May.
If Dale Steyn fails to recover in time for the World Cup, it will be a huge blow for the Proteas who are already handicapped with the retirement of AB de Villiers a year ago. If Steyn fails to make the final cut, South Africa’s chances in the tournament will go down considerably. The experience of Dale Steyn could have come in handy for South Africa.
There is certainly no doubt about the fact that Proteas are the chokers of the world cup but given the experience of Steyn, they would have hoped to get a hand at the coveted trophy. Although Dale Steyn is the twilight of his career, he is still a force to reckon with and on his day he still has the ability to dismantle top quality batting line-ups.
South Africa will be led by Faf du Plessis and Steyn has been a go-to bowler for Du Plessis over the years. However, after Steyn’s injury, his participation for the marquee event certainly remains in doubt. Steyn who made the cut for the 2019 World Cup will be hopeful of recovering from the shoulder injury ahead of the quadrennial event.
Steyn was brought in as a replacement for Nathan Coulter Nile in the Royal Challengers Bangalore camp. He instilled a new self-belief in Bangalore and looked lethal in the two matches he played in the tournament. Against the Chennai Super Kings, Steyn was at his lethal best and the delivery to Suresh Raina which castled him will be regarded as one of the balls of the tournament.
He bowled brilliantly with the new ball even against the Kolkata Knight Riders and dismissed Chris Lynn pretty cheaply. Royal Challengers Bangalore has thanked him for instilling self-confidence in the franchise which has seen them win 3 back to back matches.
The absence of Steyn will be a major concern for RCB in the business end. South Africa will take on England in the first match of World Cup 2019 and the South African team management will be eager to get Steyn back to full fitness.
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