An injury to Quinton De Kock in the second Test match at Wellington has now jeopardised his participation in the third Test and also the tenth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). De Kock injured his right index finger during the third day of the game and X-ray revealed that there isn’t any sort of fracture, but still, wicketkeeper did not participate in the net session, owing to the pain on the finger.
A call on De Kock’s availability will be taken ahead of the final Test match and there are slender of chances of De Kock rendering his services to the team. In that case, Heinrich Klaasen, the other wicket-keeper in the roster will make his debut and keep the wickets for Proteas.
De Kock will need a total for four to six weeks to recover well for the Champions Trophy which starts on June 1, which puts his participation in IPL under dark clouds,
“There is every likelihood he will miss the IPL because he will need at least four to six weeks recovery. Being a wicket-keeper, every time he catches the ball, the stress goes onto that area. The risk is that if he doesn’t have that four to six weeks rest, and he further aggravates it, it could jeopardise his participation in the Champions Trophy. With that in mind and with the England tour after that, it’s important we give him the allocated time to recover for the injury,” Mohammed Moosajee, the South Africa’s team manager and a medical doctor said.
If he withdraws from the tournament, then De Kock will be overall third and second South African player to skip the tournament as earlier, Mitchell Starc and JP Duminy have already delivered their decision to skip the T20 tournament.
De Kock is a member of Delhi Daredevils whereas JP Duminy was also the member of the same team, who also lead the franchise in past two editions in few matches.