India vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis says his team should remain strong despite losing injured Dale Steyn

The absence of fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi is a serious setback for South Africa ahead of their crunch World Cup game against India, captain Faf du Plessis said on Tuesday.

Reuters, Jun 04, 2019 20:34:48 IST

Southampton: The absence of fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi is a serious setback for South Africa ahead of their crunch World Cup game against India, captain Faf du Plessis said on Tuesday.

Steyn was ruled out of the World Cup due to a second shoulder injury while fellow quick bowler Ngidi is still recovering from a hamstring problem.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis walks back after being dismissed against Bangladesh. AFP

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis walks back after being dismissed against Bangladesh. AFP

South Africa, who lost to England and Bangladesh, are looking for their first win of the tournament on Wednesday against India who are ranked second in the world.

“There’s a lot of injuries,” Du Plessis told reporters during a training session at Southampton. “Zero from two.”

“Naturally, guys will have a little bit of confidence that’s been chucked away and that is normal, that is part of being human.

“But it’s just making sure that we keep strong, keep fighting and stay true to ourselves as a team and a culture.”

South Africa have yet to win the 50-overs world title and Du Plessis said the options are limited with a depleted bowling attack against India who are playing their first game of the tournament.

“Either you decide if you want to go with all your all-rounders in one team, and have a long batting line-up and try and change your game plan a little bit and bat up until nine and hopefully you can get a big score, chase anything because you have a lot of batting or the two spinners,” he said.

Steyn, 35, was injured during the Indian Premier League and missed the first two World Cup games. He will be replaced by left-arm paceman Beuran Hendricks in South Africa’s squad for the rest of the tournament.

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Updated Date: Jun 04, 2019 20:34:48 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 6 5 1 0 10
New Zealand 5 4 0 1 9
England 5 4 1 0 8
India 4 3 0 1 7
Bangladesh 6 2 3 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 6 1 4 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 5 0 5 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 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
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