ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: 'Let's hope we see him on biggest stage again', Twitter reacts after Dale Steyn is ruled out of tournament

Here's how Twitter reacted to South Africa's Dale Steyn getting ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 right before the match against India at Southampton.

FirstCricket Staff, Jun 04, 2019 20:00:36 IST

South Africa suffered a huge blow to their stuttering World Cup hopes on Tuesday when fast bowler Dale Steyn was ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury.

The 35-year-old had been battling to be fit in time for Wednesday's crucial clash against fancied India in Southampton.

But the veteran seamer has been forced to admit defeat, leaving head coach Ottis Gibson's side short of firepower.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Lets hope we see him on biggest stage again, Twitter reacts after Dale Steyn is ruled out of tournament

File picture of Dale Steyn. AP

South Africa have called up left-arm pace bowler Beuran Hendricks as a replacement for the remainder of the tournament, with Lungi Ngidi also nursing a hamstring problem.

Paceman Anrich Nortje was ruled out with a thumb issue before the tournament even started.

"Bowler Steyn has suffered a second shoulder injury which has not responded to treatment and has ruled him out of bowling for the foreseeable future," the International Cricket Council said in a statement.

South Africa have endured a wretched start to the tournament, losing to hosts England by 104 runs then slipping to a 21-run loss to Bangladesh on Sunday.

Gibson said on Monday that Steyn was winning his injury fight, saying he was "getting closer every day", but less than 24 hours later the talismanic figure was out of the competition.

Here's how Twitter reacted to Steyn getting ruled out of the tournament:

 

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With inputs from AFP

Updated Date: Jun 04, 2019 20:00:36 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254