AB de Villiers added to South Africa’s ODI squad for remaining games against India
AB de Villiers, who suffered a finger injury during the Johannesburg Test against India, has been added to South Africa’s ODI squad for the last three ODIs against Virat Kohli’s side.cricket Updated: Feb 08, 2018 21:32 IST
AB de Villiers has been added to South Africa’s ODI squad for the remaining three games against India, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo.
The former South Africa captain, de Villiers, sustained an injury to his right index finger during the third Test match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, which the hosts lost by 63 runs.
His presence will add some firepower to South Africa’s ODI team, currently without regular skipper Faf du Plessis and wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock, who are nursing injuries.
India are 3-0 ahead in the six-match series. To retain the top spot, South Africa will have to draw the series, while Virat Kohli’s side can top the ODI table if they win the series by 4-2 or better.
“Having AB back is going to be a massive boost. He will bring confidence to the team and his leadership within the group will add a lot of value as well,” JP Duminy had said after South Africa lost the third ODI at Newlands by 124 runs.
De Villiers has scored 9,515 runs in 225 ODIs at an average of more than 54 and a strike rate of 101. He holds the record for the fastest century in the format, reaching the milestone off only 31 balls against the West Indies in 2015.
Squad: Aiden Markram (captain), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khaya Zondo, Farhaan Behardien, Heinrich Klaasen.