AB de Villiers sidelined for T20Is against India

AB de Villiers missed the first three ODIs against India as well
AB de Villiers missed the first three ODIs against India as well
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South Africa ace batsman AB de Villiers will miss the ongoing Twenty20 International series against India following a knee injury.

The 34-year-old, who also missed the first three games of the recently concluded One-Day International series against the same opposition with a finger injury sustained the blow ahead of the sixth ODI in Centurion and has failed to make sufficient progress to make in time for the T20I leg.

South Africa's team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee confirmed the news on de Villiers in a statement released by Cricket South Africa (CSA).

"AB de Villiers will not be able to take part in the T20 International series against India due to a left knee injury," he said.

"He suffered a blow to the knee while batting ahead of the fifth ODI, and although he passed a fitness test on Friday, the injury worsened significantly throughout the match.

"The CSA medical team has advised he is given a period of rest and rehabilitation to make a full recovery ahead of the four-match series against Australia starting next month."

South Africa are already without the services of Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock, who suffered injuries during the ODI series while Dale Steyn's comeback was dented by a heel injury.

India currently have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series following a 28-run victory in Centurion.

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