South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has suffered a wrist injury during the second one-day game of the series against India played at Centurion. The left-handed batsman will miss the rest of the series and will be out of action for at least four weeks. De Kock will be trying to get fit in the time for the opening Test against Australia that will begin from 1st March at Durban.
The injury to de Kock means that Heinrich Klaasen is set to play for South Africa as first-choice wicket-keeper. Hosts South Africa have suffered a setback of sorts as Quinton de Kock joins AB De Villiers as players who have been sidelined due to injuries. Both the players have been prolific run-getters for South Africa in the one-day format for past few years. De Villiers is expected to return to the side for the fourth game of the series that will be played at Johannesburg.
South Africa’s Team Manager Mohammad Moosajee said that Quinton has sustained a severe blow to his left wrist during the second game against India and was in extreme discomfort. The medical staff carried out further scans on the extent of the injury on keeper’s wrist and it was revealed that there is severe bruising around the tendon in the wrist. The wicket-keeper will require adequate rest of almost four weeks as South Africa medical team will be trying their best to get him fit for the opening game against Australia.
South Africa will need to find an opening partner at the top of the order for Hashim Amla due to de Kock’s injury. Klaasen is set to make his debut for South Africa in the third one-day game at Cape Town.India have 2-0 lead in the six-match one-day series after a comprehensive nine-wicket win in the second game at Centurion.