AB in injury scare

2011-03-14 11:40

Kolkata - South Africa's leading batsman AB de Villiers has undergone a scan on his left thigh after picking up an injury during their World Cup win over India, a team spokesperson said. 

Video: Biff on beating India

Video: Five wickets in 16 balls from the Proteas main strike bowler

The right-handed player has been the most successful batsman for his country in the showpiece event and is currently placed third with 318 runs in the list of highest scorers. He has notched up two hundreds and a half-century from four matches.

"He got a scan done on his thigh. I can't update the details till he gets the scan report," the South African team spokesperson said.

De Villiers needed a runner during his 52-run knock against India on Saturday during South Africa's thrilling three-wicket win against the co-hosts.

The 27-year-old has been in sensational form, hitting back-to-back centuries against West Indies and the Netherlands, but additional wicketkeeping workload has been taking a toll on his back.

He handed over the wicketkeeping duties to Morne van Wyk in South Africa's last two matches -- against England and India -- to help his ailing back recover.

South Africa play their next Group B match against Ireland on Tuesday at the Eden Gardens.


  • Donovan - 2011-03-14 12:06

    Rest A.B De Villiers for the last 2 game now, so that he can be 100% fit for the rest of the world cup.

      Ambiorix - 2011-03-14 12:25

      Please rest the guy!

      Jim - 2011-03-14 15:13

      Send him home and bring out Boucher.

  • Tandek - 2011-03-14 13:05

    I agree with Donovan

  • Innocent - 2011-03-14 13:16

    So what now?

  • jeremy - 2011-03-14 13:21

    If AB has to hand on the wicket-keeping duties - then is there no way Mark Boucher can be brought back into the team? Van Wyk was sloppy behind the stumps on Saturday - and wasn't up to much with the bat either. Boucher is probably the best wicket-keeper in the world and can knock off quick runs in the middle order. I just get the feeling that Boucher behind the stumps could be the difference between SA winning or losing the World Cup.

      GrahamB - 2011-03-14 13:41

      I have to agree. Van Wyk looked like a 'deer caught in headlights' against Eng as well. Bring back Boucher. - 2011-03-14 13:54

      He (Boucher) sure was in 2003, when he dropped Fleming before he reached 10 and went on to score 142. We lost the game and were eliminated soon after.

      Armchair Coa - 2011-03-14 13:55

      @ Jeremy, unless AB is certified injured by the ICC you can not have any other player join the team. That means your team cannot have more than 15 players. Someone has to drop from the squad and AB is the difference between us winning and losing the CWC.

  • Wynand - 2011-03-14 13:44

    Ag shame, all these sportsmen who gets scanned on a daily basis, not XRayed, but scanned, Nuked.... What sissies. When they bump a toe, the scan them; when they fart, the scan them. Ag foeitog. The Geiger counters would register higher readings from them that of Japanese Nuclear Reactor workers. Get real man !!!!

      MikeRL - 2011-03-14 14:23

      Wynand have you ever been an athlete??? If not keep your comments to yourself. If my body/ foot/finger is what put food on my better believe i would have every scan in the book done to make sure I keep perfoming without developing a career ending injury because I was to stubborn or thick to have it checked. All the management is doing is protecting there investments.

  • mupet-killer - 2011-03-14 13:51


      Bob - 2011-03-14 14:04

      You can tell the Proteas have registered a victory, once again they dominate the World, "don't really need him for Ireland" you mupet, you need him for every game, he is the only batsman you have that can keep you up with a decent scoring rate, ok forgot Amla, he has to carry most of the rest of so called batsmen, this SA side is nowhere near as good as some of you seem to think, an extremely fortunate win against India does not make you World beaters.

      Andrew Griffiths - 2011-03-14 19:00

      Let's see if we can get past Ireland and Bangladesh, something the Poms failed to do in entertaining fashion.

  • Louie - 2011-03-14 13:52

    I agree, It is sad to say, that I do not think there is a better keeper in SA than Boucher and the importance of the job is underestimated. He has proven his fitness over the years and I can not remember when the guy was last injured. The chance off Morkel's bowling is a case in point for a strong mental focus on every ball. I think for a guy like Boucher he would have followed the ball even if it was moving towards slip and not be blinded by the headlights.

  • MikeRL - 2011-03-14 14:25

    To Bob...Have some faith in your team....Its making me sick how pathetic and fickle South African supporters can be....Go SA. Win or Loose.

      Wynand - 2011-03-14 15:39

      tic, tic,tic,tic,tic,tic,tic,tic... Beware!

      Wynand - 2011-03-14 15:53

      I have not had a brain scan today. Do you think I am neglecting my health and my future not to check it out? Obviously not. But if I really am worried, I might go to a doctor. But daily scans????? Ag nee man !

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