South African pace veteran Dale Steyn, who had recently joined Royal Challengers Bangalore as a late replacement, will take no further part in the ongoing IPL season due to a shoulder inflammation problem that he picked up after the game against Chennai Super Kings on April 21.
Steyn was rested from the subsequent clash against Kings XI Punjab as a precautionary measure but with the recovery process not going to plan, the 35-year-old will now fly back home to consult a specialist, keeping the upcoming World Cup in mind.
The Bangalore franchise revealed about the star pacer’s unavailability in their official statement, released on Thursday (April 25).
“Dale Steyn has been prescribed with ample rest due to inflammation in his shoulder. On account of state of his health, Dale will not be available to take part further in the ongoing season of IPL. His presence has helped the team immensely and we are very thankful for the inspiration and passion that he brought to the squad,” read the statement given by Sanjeev Churiwala, Chairman of RCB.
“The team will deeply miss his energy and presence around. We wish him a speedy recovery and all the luck for all future endeavours.”
Steyn’s inclusion provided an instant impetus to RCB’s bowling unit, particularly in the new-ball passage as the pacer struck twice in each of the two encounters that he was part of. Steyn’s exit means that New Zealand pacer Tim Southee will have to step up, unless the management opts for one of the Indian fast bowlers to take up the spot.