Schalk Steyn, Dale Steyn’s father, has left an emotional message for his son after he was ruled out of the ongoing World Cup with a shoulder injury. Cricket South Africa, in an official statement, confirmed the news and stated that the veteran pacer will be out of action for the foreseeable future.
The right-arm pacer could not feature in any of the two World Cup matches or warm-up fixtures for South Africa since landing in the UK as he was nursing the shoulder injury he had sustained while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
Speculations were high that Steyn would return to action for the crucial clash against India after he was seen bowling during a practice session. However, he could not recover fully, making the team-management drop him for the remainder of the tournament. The latest setback has also potentially ended Steyn’s dreams of winning a World Cup medal. The veteran pacer, who is South Africa’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests, is unlikely to play in the next World Cup and thus would have wanted to give it his all this year.
The news has also disappointed his father who took to Twitter to express his feelings. Urging his beloved son to keep his head up, Steyn senior tweeted, “My son, my heart is so heavy for you, I know that you had your heart set on this your last #CWC19 in your life. I also know that many South Africans will weep with me but there will be those who get pleasure from this. Keep your head up kid. I still love you no less.”
Dale Steyn is out of the #CWC19. My heart breaks for Steyn ???? Beuran Hendricks has been called up. SA now without Steyn & Ngidi for tomorrow's must-win clash against India #INDvSA #proteafire pic.twitter.com/f5FzQ7KZN5— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) June 4, 2019
Beuran Hendricks approved as replacement
The Proteas have named left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks as Steyn’s replacement after getting the permission from ICC’s Event Technical Committee. South Africa, meanwhile, will be also without their youngster Lungi Ngidi for the clash against India. Ngidi suffered a hamstring injury during the game against Bangladesh and has been sidelined for 7-10 days.
The Faf du Plessis-led side have made a disastrous start to the World Cup, having lost both their opening games. A defeat against India could very well spell doom for them. However, their hopes can be high as the Proteas have a 3-1 track record in World Cup matches.