Cape Town - Dale Steyn has been
ruled out of bowling in the first Test against India with tissue damage to his
heel, and he is likely to miss the entire Indian series.
Steyn picked up the injury in his 18th over of the
innings and the final over before tea when he landed awkwardly in a foot-hole.
He immediately felt the discomfort, knew that
something was wrong and left the field.
Steyn was taken for scans, and the news from Proteas
team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee after the day’s play was not good.
He confirmed that Steyn would not bowl again in
Cape Town, and with the recovery time for this injury expected to be 4-6 weeks,
it is unlikely that he will feature again in the series.
The 34-year-old was playing in his first Test since
November 2016 when he suffered a career-threatening shoulder injury against
The road to recovery from that setback was a long
one for Steyn, and many felt that he had reached the end of the road in
His two wickets in this Test take him to 419 scalps
overall, and he needs just three more to overtake Shaun Pollock as the
country's all-time leading wicket-taker in the format.
"During Dale's 18th over in his delivery
stride he unfortunately landed awkwardly in the foot-holes, and this caused a
significant strain to the foot leading to tissue damage on the under-side of
the foot," Moosajee explained.
"The recovery period for this could be
anything from 4-6 weeks, which means he could be out for the series."
Moosajee added that Steyn would visit one of the
leading ankle surgeons in the country on Sunday for further opinion.
"What is important to note is that this injury
was freakish because of how his foot landed and is no way related to his
bowling loads or not being match ready," Moosajee added.
"Understandable, he was disappointed. But
knowing Dale like we know him and you know him, he understands that he is going
to try his best to recover as quickly as he can because he wants to be out
"You could see how much he was enjoying
himself out there."
Moosajee said that a decision on whether or not
Steyn would bat, if needed, had not been made yet, but at this stage he was
unable to run.