De Villiers ruled out of first three ODIs against India


South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has been ruled out of the first three ODIs, of six, against India due to a finger injury.  

De Villiers sustained the injury to his right index finger during the third Test match against India at the Wanderers and will require up to two weeks to make a full recovery.

The CSA medical team is hopeful De Villiers will recover in time for the fourth ‘Pink’ ODI at the Wanderers Stadium on 10 February. The Proteas’ selectors have opted not to name a replacement.

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De Villiers’ misfortune could mean that Khaya Zondo makes international debut in the first game of the series, set for Durban on Thursday.

Zondo and fast bowler Lungi Ngidi were the two uncapped players named in the Proteas’ 15-man squad for the first three games of the series with the squad now trimmed to 14 players.

The news of De Villies injury will come as blow to cricket fans around the word as they were expecting a fierce battle between the Proteas batting superstar and India captain Virat Kohli.

Proteas ODI squad:  Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khaya Zondo