Quinton de Kock    Getty Images
Quinton de Kock Getty Images

If India are sweating on Shikhar Dhawan’s injury ahead of South Africa tour, Quinton de Kock has added to South Africa‘s concerns. The wicketkeeper-batsman pulled out of the middle of four-day (day-night) Test versus Zimbabwe for injuring his hamstring while batting. With the first of the three-Test series versus India to commence from January 5, de Kock is racing against time to recover fully. According to latest reports, de Kock underwent scans which revealed he has strained his right hamstring. If deemed unfit, Dane Vilas will might be called in as replacement.

De Kock’s absence was hardly felt against Zimbabwe as hosts toppled minnows within two days in the inaugural four-day encounter. Nonetheless, the wicketkeeper would be required in the Test series due to his vital contribution down the order, and a consistent performer especially against Team India.

South Africa, however, will monitor his fitness keenly and in all likelihood, he might feature in the starting XI for the first Test in spite of reports suggesting the opposite.

The Indian cricket team has left for South Africa to take part in three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is. The first Test will be on January 5 in Cape Town following which the teams will travel to Centurion and Johannesburg for the second and third match respectively.