South Africa in India 2005-06 October 29, 2005

Dippenaar to miss India tour

Cricinfo staff

Boeta Dippenaar will miss the rest of the series against New Zealand and the entire tour of India © Getty Images

Boeta Dippenaar, the South Africa opener, has been ruled out of South Africa's tour of India in November after being diagnosed with a wrist injury which requires surgery.

"Boeta saw a hand specialist this morning and a decision was taken for him to undergo an operation on Monday in Cape Town," Shane Jabbar, the team's physiotherapist, was quoted as saying by "Dippenaar was diagnosed with a dorsal ganglion on the radial aspect of his right wrist."

Dippenaar, who will also miss the remainder of the series against New Zealand, was replaced by Andrew Puttick for the second match at Cape Town. Puttick was bowled for a duck by Shane Bond but South Africa won the match by 19 runs.

Dippenaar's injury is a big blow to South Africa ahead of a tough India tour. He averaged a fantastic 47.37 in hislast ten ODIs including three half-centuries and a career best of 123 against West Indies.