After a loss in the first ODI, South Africa have been dealt a blow as captain Temba Bavuma has been ruled out of the remainder of the Sri Lanka tour. The right-hander won’t take any part in the leftover matches due to a fractured right thumb, the ICC stated on Friday.
While batting in the first ODI, Temba Bavuma was hit by a throw from a Sri Lankan fielder at the end of the 26th over. He looked in immense pain as he called for the physio, who gave him the necessary treatment then.
Temba Bavuma was, indeed, trying to block the throw from hitting him as it was coming straight towards him; it hit the tip of his thumb. While he did put the brave face on and stayed in the middle for a couple of more overs, after which he called for the physio.
They both decided that it would be better for him to leave the field. He retired himself after scoring 38 runs off 53 balls while setting up the chase of 301 for his team, who eventually fell short by 14 runs.
Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj came out for the post-match presentation in place of Temba Bavuma. Maharaj informed that the skipper has been taken for scans and there were waiting for the report.
Temba Bavuma to return home; Keshav Maharaj will captain in the ODI series
The scan report have come and revealed that Temba Bavuma has suffered a fractured right thumb. The 31-year-old is advised to fly back home as soon as possible to consult a specialist.
“The timeline for his return to action will be determined post doctor consultations”, CSA said.
Keshav Maharaj will take over the captaincy duties for the remaining two ODIs, while a captain for the following 3-match T20I series will be named later by the selection panel.
The Proteas will look to make a comeback sans their captain after losing the first ODI. The second ODI is scheduled to be played on Saturday as both sides look to gain important World Cup Super League points.