South Africa hail 'genius' of De Villiers

South Africa hail 'genius' of De Villiers

Javier Howell
January 7, 2018

He plundered 17 off the Indian right-armer in the 9th over of the innings. He was later seen limping as he came back to the ground and his participation in the rest of the match - and the series - is in doubt.

"In his delivery stride in his 18th over, Steyn landed awkwardly on his landing foot and this caused significant tissue damage in the heel area of his foot". A team spokesman said the injury was being assessed and treated. "It is in no way related to his bowling loads or not being match ready", he added.

The type of injury normally takes 4-6 weeks to heal, Moosajee added, nearly certainly ruling Steyn out of the rest of the series against India and putting a question mark over whether he can once again regain full fitness ahead of Australia's tour in March.

While there were suggestions that he may have had nothing more than a problem with his boot, he did not emerge from the dressing room after Tea, when it transpired that he was being treated and assessed for a bruised heel.

Yet, while that wicket carried the greater significance in terms of sentiment, the more important dismissal in the context of an already engrossing contest came when Kohli nicked Morkel behind, swinging the day firmly in favour of South Africa, who can now attack the middle order with gusto on day two.

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But with someone like Chris Morris ready and eager for fresh duty within the current squad mix, and an exciting bolter like 21-year-old Lungi Ngidi just on the outside as things stand, the go-for-the-jugular approach may very well not be binned ...

Steyn, who is 10th on the list of all-time wicket-takers in Test matches, was playing a Test for the first time since breaking down with a right shoulder injury in Australia in November 2016.

His comeback was closely watched with fears that he hadn't played enough cricket in the buildup to this season and might struggle for match fitness.

Dale Steyn had a massive grin on his face as he marked his worldwide comeback with the wicket of India opener Shikhar Dhawan.

He recently made a comeback in competitive cricket and Cricket South Africa (CSA) did not play him during the four-day Test against Zimbabwe to preserve him for the India series.