South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said that the news that retired all-rounder AB de Villiers wanted to get back into the World Cup squad was both positive and negative, but that it was “way, way too late” when de Villiers called the skipper to express his feelings on the eve of the team announcement.
“We do feel like the news came in and came in like, just went through the team, didn’t have a huge impact, Faf said.
“There was just a discussion on on clarity and on making sure that everyone knows what’s going on. And then it was moving on. The team was happy to just get on with business, but it is stuff like that generally, you feel like it can make, you give you direction in your team and give you purpose to focus on what lies ahead.”
India have been dealt a big blow in the 2019 ICC World Cup in England with opener Shikhar Dhawan set to be sidelined for a lengthy spell following the thumb injury he picked up in the win over Australia.
Dhawan struck a sublime ton to lead India’s charge to a 36-run win over the Aussies but had to bat with some discomfort for the majority of his innings after being struck on his thumb early in the match by a Pat Cummins delivery.
According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the southpaw has a suspected hairline fracture on his left thumb and could now miss India’s upcoming clashes against New Zealand and arch-rivals Pakistan.
Dhawan has reportedly travelled to Leeds to undergo further scans on his thumb and some concrete news on his injury status is expected to emerge late on Tuesday. Some reports have claimed that the batsman could be out for as many as three weeks and that could see him miss most of India’s matches in the round-robin stage.
The BCCI are yet to name any replacement for Dhawan and a final call will likely be taken after the results of his scans on Tuesday.
The left-hander’s potential absence for the coming games will be a big blow for India given the excellent record he has in ICC multi-team tournaments. He has more than 1,200 runs in 20 matches when it comes to the World Cup and Champions Trophy and has managed to register six tons and four fifties in the process.
Should Dhawan be ruled out for the coming matches, India could promote KL Rahul up the order to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma. Rahul was initially picked in the World Cup squad as a back-up opener but has gone on to establish himself as the designated No4 batsman in the tournament.
Virat Kohli has the option of bringing in someone like Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar into the middle-order while moving Rahul up to open the innings.
India have currently bagged two wins out of two in the 2019 World Cup with their next clash set to take place against New Zealand on Thursday at Trent Bridge.
It is an all-subcontinent affair at Bristol in the 2019 ICC World Cup as Bangladesh lock horns with Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh started their World Cup campaign with a stunning win over South Africa before being handed defeats in their subsequent outings against New Zealand and hosts England.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, were thrashed by New Zealand at the start before they bounced back with a win against Afghanistan. Their most recent clash against Pakistan was abandoned due to rain.
Can Bangladesh continue their impressive showings in the World Cup or will Sri Lanka rein supreme at Bristol? Find out by following the ball-ball-ball commentary from the clash below.