Johannesburg: The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be worried after their star batsman AB de Villiers pulled out of the final of the Momentum One Day Cup — South Africa's domestic 50-overs meet — due to back pain.
That De Villiers is injured was confirmed by Cricket South Africa's official website.
"About to get underway in Centurion. The big team news from either team is that AB de Villiers misses out due to a back injury," Cricket South Africa announced on Twitter.
The extent of De Villiers' injury has not been confirmed by either the player or the cricket board.
It may well be the case that De Villiers is preserving himself for the million-dollar league and didn't risk himself by appearing for the Titans in the final against Warriors played at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
If De Villiers does miss the IPL this season, he would be one among many top names to have pulled out or are doubtful for the tournament. Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul will be missing the league due to injury, while Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma may miss the first few games as they are recuperating from injuries. Kolkata Knight Riders' Umesh Yadav and Gujarat Lions' Ravindra Jadeja, one imagines would need rest after a gruelling home season, especially with the Champions Trophy coming up in June and hence, may not figure in all the matches.
Kevin Pietersen, Morne Morkel, Quinton de Kock, Mitchell Marsh and JP Duminy are some of the foreign stars who will be conspicuous by their absence in the IPL this year, while Bangladeshi left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who was instrumental in Sunrisers Hyderabad's IPL triumph last year, may also skip the cash-rich event.
With PTI inputs.