Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of rest of the Indian Premier League due to a shoulder injury, the franchise announced on Thursday.
The pacer, who joined the team in place of Nathan Coulter-Nile only last week, had brought about change in fortunes for the bottom-ranked franchise. He featured in two matches but sat out for the clash against Kings XI Punjab at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday. He experienced discomfort whille playing the match against the Chennai Super Kings.
"Dale felt discomfort after playing his second match at the tournament," said team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee.
"Dale Steyn has been prescribed with ample rest due to inflammation in his shoulder. On account of state of his health, Dale will not be available to take part further in the ongoing season of IPL," Sanjeev Churiwala, chairman of Royal Challengers Bangalore, said in a statement.
"His presence has helped the team immensely and we are very thankful for the inspiration and passion that he brought to the squad. The team will deeply miss his energy and presence around. We wish him a speedy recovery and all the luck for all future endeavours,” the chairman said.
Since no replacements are allowed after seven matches, RCB will have to make do with the available resources.
World Cup fright
Steyn would return to South Africa to have the injury assessed, with the World Cup in England and Wales only five weeks away.
"Dale felt discomfort after playing his second match at the tournament," said South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee.
"Upon assessment and subsequent investigations, a flare-up of his right shoulder was confirmed. With the World Cup around the corner, it is our priority to get him back to full fitness before the squad departs on May 19.
"He will consult with a shoulder specialist upon his return and a recovery plan will be put in place."
South Africa will meet up on May 12 for a week-long camp before setting off for the World Cup, where the Proteas will feature in the tournament opener against England at The Oval.