AB de Villiers has been ruled out for, at least, the first 3 ODI of the six-match series against India which will begin from February 1. The Proteas have not named a replacement batsman as of now which might point to the fact that they hope to see de Villiers recover for the last 3 matches.
After scoring 211 runs at an average of 35.16 during the recently concluded 3-match Test series, de Villiers picked up a finger injury in the final Test at the Wanderers. He was seen fielding with a heavily strapped finger during India’s second innings, that had resulted while taking Virat Kohli's catch in the first innings of the match, which had raised questions about his participation in the ODI series.
"De Villiers sustained the injury to his right index finger during the third Test against India and will require up to two weeks to make a full recovery," CSA declared in a media release.
"The CSA medical team is hopeful De Villiers will recover in time for the fourth 'Pink' ODI at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday, February 10th. The selectors have opted not to name a replacement.”
The first match of the series is set to be played at Kingsmead on Thursday, with the visitors looking to claim revenge after they lost the Test series 2-1.