Faf du Plessis has been ruled out of the ongoing ODI series against India and will not be available for the upcoming T20 series as well due to a finger injury. The in-form South African skipper played a 120-run knock in the first ODI in Durban, but the hosts had to endure a six-wicket loss.
South Africa lost injured AB de Villiers for the first three games of the limited-overs series and their performance took a nosedive in Durban. To add insult to injury, the team now will be dented in the absence of their skipper in the high-profile series. Du Plessis was the knight in the shining armour for South Africa in the opening game and scored a fighting century to propel South Africa to a par score of 269 runs after their middle order crumbled to India's wrist spin.
But now, the skipper will not available for the remainder of the limited-overs series which comprises five One-dayers and three T20Is. During the first ODI, he injured his right index finger and in further treatment, it revealed that he fractured it and will take 3-6 weeks for recovery. It is expected that the player will be fit after a period of rest and rehabilitation for the Test series against Australia starting on March 1 in Durban.
In the place of injured du Plessis, selectors picked Farhaan Behardien along with Multiply Titans wicket-keeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen. Both sides will play the next game on February 4 in Centurion.