On Saturday, Dale Steyn sustained tissue damage to his left heel during the India-South Africa series. The severity of the injury means that he will be out of action for 4-6 weeks. It also means that the pacer will be unable to bowl in the ongoing Test at Newlands. Steyn was taken to the hospital for scans after pulling up midway through his 18th over. The incident occurred shortly before Tea on day two of the first Test against India.
Initially he figured that the injury was nothing serious, though he stopped his run-up. There were also suggestions that there was a problem with his boot. Later, it transpired that he was being treated and assessed for a bruised heel. The Protean was later rushed to a nearby hospital for examination.
The India clash was Steyn’s first Test since November 2016. It was also his fifth since November 2015. He picked up a groin strain in the first Test of South Africa’s 2015 tour of India. Later on, the 34-year-old injured his right shoulder twice. The second time it happened, the injury was more severe.Steyn came into this series on the backfoot as he did not have a first-class match under his belt. Coach Ottis Gibson believed that it would be risky picking him in a three-man pace attack. However, Steyn’s form was enough for him to earn a spot on the team. Gibson was also able to put in a good word for him with South Africa’s selectors.Aside from the Steyn injury, it was a reasonably good day at the office for South Africa. They were going well until they lost two late wickets to keep things interesting. The Proteas finished day two on 65/2. This gave them a second innings lead of 142, though they lost both of their openers.