For coach Ottis Gibson, De Villiers' absence provides the opportunity to introduce another player to one-day worldwide cricket before the World Cup. India being the world's No.1 ranked team, you expect nothing less from them. A testimony to the competition between them in Test cricket was the recently concluded three-match series which was keenly fought.
"De Villiers sustained the injury to his right index finger during the third Test against India and will require up to two weeks to make a full recovery", CSA declared in a media release. India need to win this series should they topple South Africa from the top spot in the ODI rankings.
De Villiers hurt his right index finger while fielding in the slips and is out for up to two weeks, opening the way for hometown boy Khaya Zondo to make his worldwide debut in the first ODI in Durban on Thursday.
They play six ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals here, a T20I tri-series in Sri Lanka and then three ODIs and three T20Is in England and Ireland, with the 2018 IPL season thrown in, before the five-Test series in England later in August.
The stage for the 6 match ODI series between India and South Africa is all set as the first encounter begins on February 1 and right before the start of the series, South Africa saw its vest ODI player being ruled out for the first 3 ODIs. The fans want to see the best team and we want to play winning cricket, but also expose some other players.
India had previously played South Africa in the 50-over format in the African nation for three one-dayers.
"It's going to be a highly-competitive series, I think it will be very close".
"That is what you want to see from high-profile teams". "Yes, in a few months' time, we'll be teammates". "At the same time, we have shown that if we put pressure back on the opposition, they tend to crumble".