Dale Steyn taken to hospital after injury scare

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"Understandable, he was disappointed".

The first Test against India was Steyn's first global since injuring his shoulder in Australia back in November 2016. CSA will seek the advice of a leading ankle surgeon to see if Steyn's recovery could be sped up, but will likely adopt a cautious approach to monitoring his comeback. "It is in no way related to his bowling loads or not being match ready", he added.

South African team doctor Mohammed Moosajee confirmed that Steyn will take atleast 4-6 weeks to fully recover from the injury. He was later seen limping as he came back to the ground and his participation in the rest of the match - and the series - is in doubt.

The last shoulder injury was initially meant to be a six-month break from the game, but Steyn opted for extra recuperation time after the Perth setback.

A lengthy recovery period followed and many thought Steyn would not play worldwide cricket again but he kept at it and returned to action in this match.

Dale Steyn might've made his mark again but his return to Test cricket ended in dismay on Saturday after he limped off midway through his 18 over in the first Test against India at Newlands.

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However, Moosajee stressed that Steyn's latest injury was not related to any previous ailments.

Steyn was was getting into the groove as he had figures of 2 for 51 with wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha during his comeback Test. "Obviously, with some anti-inflammatories and rest overnight, who knows how he might turn up tomorrow".

The 34-year-old Steyn may bat if necessary, but South Africa will now have to try winning the Test with three pacemen and left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.

"It's a pitch you have to graft on, you need a bit of luck and eventually there will be a ball with your name on it. Pandya was dropped, but he played well, he took a bit of a gamble but he likes to play his natural game".

"Luckily this time we went with four seamers".

Dale Steyn in action against India.