Bangalore, Sept 28: AB de Villiers has been ruled out of the remainder of the champions league twenty20 after fracturing a finger on his left hand during a training session at Chinnaswamy stadium. The injury could force de Villiers to miss the start of Australia's tour of South Africa, which begins with a Twenty20 International on October 13.
"He [de Villiers] will probably be coming back to South Africa tonight," South Africa's team manager Mohammad Moosajee told ESPNcricinfo, "He will see our panel of hand specialists after that, and we will decide what the plan of action is."
"I understand from the Bangalore physio that he broke the third finger on his left hand during a fielding drill. It is quite serious, that's why he is coming back."
It will be De Villiers first home series as captain of the limited overs format after taking over from Graeme Smith in June. South Africa play the first of two Twenty20s against Australia on October 13, followed by three one-dayers that begin on October 19.
In de Villiers' absence, either Tillakaratne Dilshan or Arun Karthik will keep wicket for the Royal Challengers. "Not having AB is a big loss," Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers batsman, said. "But we have quality players in our squad who can cope with it."
The Royal Challengers play Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore on September 29, with games against Somerset and South Australia to come. They lost their first game of the CLT20 and another loss would make a semi-final berth unlikely. However, three wins would make their qualification almost a certainty - two other sides in Group B would need to be tied on three wins for net run-rate to come into contention.