Proteas veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn recently picked up a disappointing shoulder injury in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He played only two matches for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after being signed as Nathan Coulter-Nile’s replacement and then was ruled out due to inflammation in his shoulder. But the pacer looked at his best during these outings and has seen a specialist in Cape Town to recover from the injury soon.
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 has been picked in the World Cup squad and Cricket South Africa (CSA) is keeping a keen eye on his recovery.
All the selected players will be meeting for a pre-World Cup training camp and this is where they will see how the fast bowler pulls up. The selectors have time until May 23 to name a replacement in case Steyn doesn’t get fully fit.
We are just waiting for the medical team to give the update
Linda Zondi, National Selection Panel convener stated that they are aware that Steyn has taken medical assistance from the shoulder specialist after returning from India. Zondi mentioned that they are now waiting for the medical team to give the update on his current progress.
“As it stands, we are aware that Dale Steyn has seen the shoulder specialist since he got back from India. But at the moment we’re just waiting for our medical team to keep us updated in terms of his progress. He’s still due to meet up with the team for camp on the 12th, and as the selection panel, we’ll be guided by the medical team, and then we’ll take it from there,” said Linda Zondi, the National Selection Panel convener.
Zondi further mentioned that the South African team head coach Ottis Gibson will monitor Steyn’s recovery as he is a specialist from the bowling point of view as well. He also revealed that they still have time to change the World Cup team, if that it needed.
“Ottis is also a specialist from the bowling point of view, so he will definitely take Dale for a run in the nets to see how he’s doing with his shoulder and how far he might have to go. We still have enough time before the 23rd of May to decide whether we need to change the team or not. But for now, that’s where we are,” Zondi added.