Feeling bad for Dale Steyn: Virat Kohli on South Africa pacer’s World Cup-ending injury

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli empathized with Dale Steyn after the South Africa pacer was ruled out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Tuesday due to a shoulder injury.While wishing him a speedy recovery, Virat Kohli said Dale Steyn was in a “great mental space” and was geared up for his World Cup swansong.Steyn suffered a second shoulder injury after arriving in the UK for the ongoing World Cup. The veteran pacer, who did not play the opener and the clash against Bangladesh, had picked up a shoulder injury during his short stint for Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League 2019.Steyn has been plagued by multiple injuries over the last 3 years during which he played only 13 ODIs. The latest World Cup-ending injury comes as a major blow to Dale Steyn as well as South Africa’s chances of reaching the final four.Speaking to the press on the eve of India’s clash vs South Africa, Virat Kohli said: “I feel really bad for Dale. He looked really happy. He was bowling really well and then suddenly we found out that he was not going to be able to continue. I feel bad for him because he has been a friend for a very long time.”He is a motivated guy. He has been very happy to come back and play for South Africa. He has been doing very well. He still has the hunger and passion, but those niggles and injuries are just not going his way. I can understand his frustration about those injuries. I wish him a speedy recovery.advertisement”He was looking in a great mental space, enjoying his cricket, bowling really well. I can understand how he must be feeling and I am feeling bad for him.”Hey @DaleSteyn62 – Our Skipper @imVkohli wishes you a speedy recovery #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/VcbBWveObwBCCI (@BCCI) June 4, 2019Dale tried really hard to get back into the team: Faf du PlessisSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis said Steyn needs a bit of love at the moment and revealed that the 35-year-old gave his best in a bid to recover and play for South Africa in World Cup 2019.”Dale has tried really hard – really hard – to try and get back into the team. It’s been a tough two years, and we’ve got to be strong for him. He’s going to need a bit of love. He tried unbelievably hard to get fit for this campaign, which would have been his last World Cup. We’ve got to be there for him now,” du Plessis said.Kohli-led India certainly start as favourites against South Africa as the Proteas have had their worst start to a World Cup campaign. After losing the opener to hosts England, South Africa was stunned by Bangladesh on Sunday.Apart from Dale Steyn, South Africa have also lost Lungi Ngidi to an injury. The tall pacer who has suffered a hamstring strain will be unavailable for at least the next few matches.Also Read | Don’t need to answer Kagiso Rabada in a press conference: Virat Kohli on immature commentAlso Read | South Africa pace ace Dale Steyn ruled out of World Cup 2019Also Seelast_img read more