Quinton De Kock ruled out of IPL 2017, but will play third Test vs New Zealand
Quinton de Kock injured the index finger on his right hand while fielding in South Africa’s eight-wicket win over New Zealand in the second Test in Wellingtoncricket Updated: Mar 24, 2017 21:39 IST
The move comes despite the Proteas star being declared fit to play against New Zealand in the third Test in Hamilton after passing a late fitness test on Friday.
De Kock will, however, start the recovery process for his injury following the third Test in order to be fully fit for the ICC Champions Trophy in the summer, meaning he will have to give the IPL season a miss.
Having already lost JP Duminy for the upcoming season, De Kock’s injury will come as a major blow to Delhi Daredevils.
De Kock had trained on Friday with strapping and a protective splint and South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said as far as he was concerned the aggressive batsman was too important to leave out for the series-deciding match starting on Saturday.
“It’s a big game. Quinton is someone who you don’t just replace. From my side, I am trying to have Quinton in my team all the time,” du Plessis told reporters in Hamilton.
“He has had problems with his fingers for quite a while. It’s part of being a keeper. It’s never nice to catch balls on the fingertips all the time and it’s been painful for him for a while.
“Maybe the cold New Zealand conditions make it worse. It’s hurting for him a bit more now but because it’s a big game, resting him for someone else is not an option.”
New Zealand need to win the Seddon Park match to level the three-match series at 1-1 but have been hampered by the loss of three pivotal players.
(With inputs from Reuters)