Recently, the South African squad faced a major jolt before starting their 50-over campaign against India as their star pacer Dale Steyn ruled out from the prestigious tournament due to continuous pain in the shoulder. Though, the South African cricket team selectors have immediately picked up Beuran Hendricks as his replacement without wasting any second after the sadistic announcement.
The official cricket authorities said on the development, “the ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 has approved Beuran Hendricks as a replacement player for Dale Steyn in the South Africa squad for the remainder of the tournament”.
The 35-year-old pace spearhead of South Africa experienced the shoulder injury earlier in the Test match against Australia after which he became sidelined from the game for two years and returned back in 2019 Indian Premier League tournament. Steyn who was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in this year’s IPL edition as a replacement of Nathan Coulter-Nile played only two matches for Virat Kohli-led team.
Steyn is one of the greatest fast bowlers of all-time and undoubtedly his absence in the most important fixture of Cricket could affect South African squad but left-arm fast bowler Hendricks could prove fortunate for Proteas in the tournament. The 28-year-old young gun Hendricks made his One Day International debut for South Africa on January 25, 2019 against Pakistan squad in which he played exceptionally well for Proteas. Not only this, he played all three ODI matches against Pakistan for his side.
Moreover, the 12th edition of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup could be the last World Cup for Steyn as his inflaming shoulder injury could end his career in all forms of cricket.
After facing men in blues, Proteas will next lock the horns with West Indies on June 10 at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground while Indian cricketers will battle with five-time World Cup lifters Aussies June 9 at The Oval Stadium.