On one hand, South Africa won the series along with the second test, while on the other hand, the bowler who played a special role in the victory got injured.
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Johannesburg: The ODI World Cup is to be held in India at the end of this year. Teams are already preparing themselves for this format for this tournament to be held in October-November. In the midst of these preparations, there is concern about the fitness of some prominent players. It is difficult to say whether Indian cricket team’s star fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant will be able to play in this tournament or not. but not only India south africa A similar concern has arisen in front of V.K.
The fourth day of the second Test match against the West Indies in Johannesburg proved sour-sweet for South Africa. On one hand, under the captaincy of Temba Bavuma, South Africa won its first series along with the Test. On the other hand, in the midst of this victory, he also had to deal with the injury of his main spinner Keshav Maharaj, who got injured in a very strange way during the match, that too while celebrating the wicket.
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Deep wound from celebration
In response to the target met by South Africa, West Indies’ second innings was going on and Keshav Maharaj was on the bowling in its 19th over. He took the wicket of Kyle Meyers in this over. At first the umpire did not give LBW out to Meyers, after which South Africa took DRS and the decision came in their favor.
As soon as the third umpire gave the decision of out, the South African team drowned in celebration. Maharaj was also very excited about the wicket and as soon as he started jumping in happiness, then there was some pain in his leg and he lay down on the ground.
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On seeing Maharaj in this condition, the South African players started to inquire about his condition, while the team’s physio immediately reached the ground. The condition of Maharaj’s pain and injury was so serious that he had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. From here he was taken to the hospital, where after the scan it was found that there was a deep injury in the left heel. To overcome this, he will have to undergo surgery.
difficult to play world cup
According to reports, it may take at least 6 months for Maharaj to fully recover from this injury. In such a situation, his chances of playing in the ODI World Cup are very less. Cricket South Africa posted a picture of Maharaj, in which a protective cover (Moon Boot) was placed on his leg and crutches were kept together.
Wishing you everything of the best in your recovery Kesh 🙏
We know you’ll be back stronger than ever 💪 pic.twitter.com/DRYxc7OxJP
— Proteas Men (@ProteasMenCSA) Mar 11, 2023
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Important role in winning the team
By the way, Maharaj played an important role in winning the series before going out due to injury. South Africa bowled out the West Indies for 106 to make a 2-0 series clean sweep with a stunning 284-run victory in the second Test. For South Africa, Gerald Kotzya took a total of six wickets in the match, including three wickets for 37 runs. Off-spinner Simon Harmer took three wickets for 45 runs and left-arm spinner Maharaj took two wickets for four runs.