IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils’ South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has been ruled out of the 2017 IPL as he is advised rest to nurse his finger injury. De Kock is very important to South Africa’s scheme of things and they don’t want to take any risk with the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 just around the corner.
De Kock was earlier doubtful for the third Test of the ongoing series between New Zealand and South Africa after suffering tendon damage in his right index finger in the second Test but he will now play in the third Test after passing the fitness test and will miss the IPL to recover from his injury.
Speaking to media on the eve of the third Test, South Africa’s skipper Faf du Plessis said that Quinton de Kock is a very important member of Proteas squad.
“It’s a big game. Quinton is someone who you don’t just replace. From my side, I am trying to have Quinton in my team all the time. He has had problems with his fingers for quite a while. It’s part of being a keeper. It’s never nice to catch balls on the fingertips all the time and it’s been painful for him for a while. Maybe the cold New Zealand conditions make it worse. It’s hurting for him a bit more now but because it’s a big game, resting him for someone else is not an option,” Faf du Plessis said.