India pacer Mohammed Siraj, who had been in wonderful form with the ball over the past year, suffered a worrisome injury that could hamper his participation in the ongoing second Test match between South Africa and India being played at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
India leads the three-Test series 1-0 with a brilliant 130-run win in the first Test at the Supersport Park in Centurion. However, this match turned out to be a bit different after captain Virat Kohli pulled out of the match on the morning with an upper back spasm and stand-in vice-captain KL Rahul took over the captaincy duties.
He won the toss and chose to bat first with Hanuma Vihari coming in for Kohli. South Africa made two changes with Wiaan Mulder being replaced with Duanne Olivier, who made his South Africa comeback after three years of playing as a Kolpak cricketer in England. Kyle Verreynne replaced the recently retired Quinton de Kock as the wicketkeeper.
Marco Jansen had another great outing as he picked 4/31, while both Duanne Olivier and Kagiso Rabada picked 3/74 each as India folded for 202 runs in their first innings. KL Rahul top-scored with 50, while Ravichandran Ashwin made 46 and Mayank Agarwal made 26 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane were disappointed once more scoring 3 and 0 respectively.
Mohammed Siraj Gets Injured; Goes Off The Field With Possible Hamstring Injury
Indian bowlers had a tough task at their hands as unlike Centurion, they didn’t have the backing of a good score in 1st innings. While South Africa captain Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram started off cautiously, it was soon evident that the uneven bounce and pace off the pitch were aiding the Indian fast bowlers as well.
Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah started off things by making life uneasy for both Elgar and Markram and it wasn’t long before someone succumbed to that pressure. Shami got one ball to come in from a length and Markram, who was looking to play it on the leg side, got beaten on the inside edge and the ball crashed into his pads and the umpire gave it out.
But then Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen did well batting out the day keeping Siraj, Bumrah, and Shami from doing more damage. South Africa ended day one on 35/1 with Elgar on 11* and Petersen on 15*.
While Proteas didn’t suffer much damage, the same cannot be said for Mohammed Siraj. While bowling the last ball of the 17th over, Siraj pulled up in his bowling stride and was seen clutching his hamstring on the right leg. The Indian physio came out to check on him and eventually, Siraj left the field to get treatment.
Shardul Thakur completed the over. If Siraj is seriously hurt, it will be a huge setback for India, as he is the workhorse bowler for the Indian team, doing the hard work and building pressure for others to reap the benefits.
Here is the video of Mohammed Siraj’s injury:
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