South Africa have been dealt a major blow with skipper Faf du Plessis getting ruled out of the ongoing One-Day International series and the upcoming Twenty20 International series against India due to a finger injury. Du Plessis sustained the injury during the first ODI in Durban, which the visitors won by six wickets, and on further assessment, it was revealed to be a fracture.
All-rounder Farhaan Behardien has been called in as a replacement while Heinrich Klaasen has earned his maiden ODI call-up as a reserve 'keeper.The captain for the remained for the ODI series will be announced on Saturday.
South Africa, who are already without the services of the injured AB de Villiers - who was ruled out for the first three games, will be severely dented in the absence of their skipper in the ongoing high-profile series. Du Plessis stood tall amidst the ruins in the opening game as he scored a fighting century to propel South Africa to a par score after their middle order crumbled to India's wrist spin.
The 33-year-old will undergo a period of rest and rehabilitation in order to be fit for the first Test against Australia, set to begin on March 1 in Durban. The fracture is expected to require 3-6 weeks to heal.