Senior South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has been ruled out of the first three matches of their six-ODI series against India owing to an injured right index finger. The six-match series starts here on February 1 followed by matches at Centurion (February 4) and Cape Town (February 7).
According to Cricket South Africa website, De Villiers sustained the injury to his right index finger during the third Test match against India and will require up to two weeks to make a full recovery.
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"The CSA medical team is hopeful De Villiers will recover in time for the fourth Pink ODI at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday, February 10th."
The selectors have opted not to name a replacement," the CSA quoted in a media release uploaded on its website.
He is expected to be fit for the fourth match, the pink ODI at the Wanderers, for which he is one of the ambassadors.
The six-match ODI series between India and South Africa is slated to begin on Thursday at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban.
The two squads are as follows:
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khayelihle Zondo.
India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.
(With PTI Inputs)