Steyn was making his comeback from a long injury layoff Image: AFP
South Africa were dealt a major blow after their seniormost pacer Dale Steyn was ruled out for the remainder of three-match Test series against India after damaging a tissue on his left heel during the second day of the opening Test. Steyn left the field three balls into his 18th over as he felt a pain during the run-up.
"In his delivery stride in his 18th over, Steyn landed awkwardly on his landing foot and this caused significant tissue damage in the heel area of his foot. He is unlikely to bowl in this Test again as the recovery period is between 4 to 6 weeks. It also means he could be out of the series," said South African team doctor Mohammed Moosajee. He also made it clear that it was an on-field injury and not related to a fitness issue.
"We will have a leading ankle surgeon look at him tomorrow and get an opinion. It is important to note that this unfortunate injury was freakish because of the way he landed in the footholes. It is in no way related to his bowling loads or not being match ready," Moosajee added.
Steyn, in fact, was getting into the groove before going off the field. The ace pacer 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 after recovering from the injury.
(With inputs from PTI)