The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) registered a hat-trick of victories with a win over the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Wednesday. However, in a recent development, the Virat Kohli-led team has received a body blow as their premier overseas fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. The veteran South African speedster who missed yesterday’s game against KXIP, has been ruled out with a severe shoulder injury and thus, he will be travelling back home to treat the same.
Steyn went unsold auction for the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). But he then got roped in by RCB as a replacement for injured Nathan Coulter-Nile. In just two games played this season, Steyn came out with some sizzling impactful performance, claiming four crucial wickets with the new ball and more importantly his inclusion boosted the struggling RCB bowling line-up to a great extent.
Steyn to receive attention from a shoulder specialist
Steyn is a key member of the South African 15-member squad that will be appearing in the upcoming 2019 World Cup. “Steyn will be assessed by a shoulder specialist and measures will be put in place to get him ready for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in England and Wales next month,” said the media statement released by CSA.
South African team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee revealed that Steyn felt some discomfort while playing his second match of IPL 2019 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He Moosajee mentioned that after proper assessment and subsequent investigations, it was confirmed that the fast bowler has suffered a flare-up in his right shoulder.
“Dale felt discomfort after playing his second match at the tournament. Upon assessment and subsequent investigations, a flare-up of his right shoulder was confirmed. With the World Cup around the corner, it is our priority to get him back to full fitness before the squad departs on May 19th. He will consult with a shoulder specialist upon his return and a recovery plan will be put in place,” quoted Dr Mohammed Moosajee, the South African team manager.