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Ind vs SA: Major boost for India as injured Faf du Plessis is ruled out of ODIs and T20s

Faf sustained a finger injury during the first ODI against India in Durban

T2 Online Newsdesk 3 February 2018, 6:35 PM
After AB de Villiers, here's another blow for South Africa

After AB de Villiers, here's another blow for South Africa Image: AFP

This is a major boost for Virat Kohli & Co. After AB de Villiers dropped out of the ongoing ODI series against India, there's South Africa captain Faf du Plessis joining him in the dugout.

ABD is out for two weeks, but Plessis has gone for a longer haul. Owing to  finger injury, he has been ruled out for the remaining ODI and entire T20I series.

Du Plessis was injured during the Durban ODI in which he scored his ninth hundred to take the Proteas to 269/8. India chased down that total with ease winning by six wickets and taking a 1-0 lead.

"I just got a blow to my finger, so hopefully it will be fine for the next game," du Plessis had said in the post- match conference on Thursday.

However, further assessment revealed that he had sustained a fracture that will require 3-6 weeks to heal, thus ruling him out of the remaining five ODIs and three T20Is. A replacement captain for the rest of the limited-overs' schedule against India will be named Tomorrow, just 24 hours before the second ODI here.

Farhaan Behardien has been called up as du Plessis' replacement. Also, wicket-keeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen has also been given a maiden call-up to the ODI squad as back-up to first-choice Quinton de Kock.

Du Plessis is now facing a race against time to be fit for the first Test against Australia starting in Durban on March 1. Till then, Team India can make the most of this South African slump.

(With inputs from PTI)

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