South African batsman Faf du Plessis has revealed that he suffered memory loss after his on-field collision with Mohammad Hasnain during a PSL 2021 match between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi.
The 36-year-old Faf du Plessis was fielding at the boundary when he and Mohammad Hasnain collided while trying to stop a boundary. Du Plessis dived to stop the ball but collided with Hasnain who was coming from the opposite direction and his head was struck by the Pakistani bowler’s knee.
Du Plessis was knocked out for a few moments and the Gladiator’s physio attended to him but eventually got on his feet to walk back into his team’s dugout. Du Plessis was taken back to the hotel for recovery and revealed that he had suffered a concussion.
Saim Ayub was named as the concussion substitute for du Plessis. The 19-year-old left-hand batter has played five T20 games, all of them during the early stages of PSL 2021.
Have Concussion With Some Memory Loss But I Will Be Fine: Faf Du Plessis
The incident had happened during the 19th match of PSL when Du Plessis dived to stop a ball during the 7th over and his head collided with Hasnain’s knee and the former Proteas captain laid prone on the ground during a Pakistan Super League (PSL 2021) match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Faf du Plessis tweeted that he was recovering in the hotel and had suffered a concussion and was experiencing some memory loss. But he also said that he would be fine and would be back on the field soon.
“Thank you everyone for all the messages of support. I’m back at the hotel recovering. Have concussion with some memory loss but I will be fine. Hopefully be back on the field soon. Much love,” du Plessis tweeted.
Thank you everyone for all the messages of support. I'm back at the hotel recovering. Have concussion with some memory loss but I will be fine. Hopefully be back on the field soon. Much love. ❤️
— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) June 13, 2021
Du Plessis joined Quetta Gladiators for the PSL 2021 season which resumed on June 9 in the UAE. The tournament had to be suspended when it was being played in Pakistan, due to Covid-19 tests returning positive in the bio-bubbles in March. Though PCB wanted to resume the tournament in Karachi, the franchises and other officials urged the board to move the tournament to UAE.