South Africa opener Dean Elgar suffered a concussion after getting hit on the helmet by a ripper from Umesh Yadav minutes before the Tea break on Day 3 of the third and final Test against India at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi on Monday.
On the third ball of the 10th over of South Africa’s second innings, Elgar, who was batting on 16, totally took his eyes off a shorter length ball that kicked up to ram him on the helmet. The southpaw immediately went down to the ground. Meanwhile, the Indian players rushed towards him to see if he was alright and the South African physio also ran in.
During the break, Elgar retired hurt and was taken to a hospital for a concussion test. Debutant George Linde was sent to proceed the innings alongside Heinrich Klaasen for the final session of the day’s play. Later, Elgar was replaced by Theunis de Bruyn.
Cricket rules for the World Test Championships were tweaked recently to allow players who suffer concussions during a match to be replaced in their team’s Playing XI.
Talking about the match, the visitors are trailing as they got bowled out for a mere 162 in their first innings in reply to India’s 497 for 9 declared. In the second innings too, the Proteas were in deep trouble at 132 for 8 by the time news was written.