BENGALURU, Nov 13: The visiting South African cricket team was today dealt another body blow with injured pace spearhead Dale Steyn being ruled out of the second Test against India starting here tomorrow.
The development comes close on the heels of South Africa losing Vernon Philander due to multiple ligament injuries in his left ankle.
Steyn was ruled out after he failed to recover fully from a groin injury suffered during the first Test in Mohali.
�Obviously losing Dale, the best bowler in the world, and Vernon, arguably the best all-rounder in the world, certainly changes the dynamics of the side,� South Africa skipper Hashim Amla told reporters before their net practice at Chinnaswamy stadium today.
The 31-year-old Steyn did not bowl in the second innings in Mohali after he experienced tightness in his groin during the second day of the opening Test.
However, Amla was hopeful of Steyn recovering in time for the next Test to be played at Nagpur beginning November 25. � PTI