Temba Bavuma sustained a hamstring injury, will he be available for the rest IND vs SA Test

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South African skipper Temba Bavuma sustained a hamstring injury during the first IND vs SA Test match held in Centurion.


South African captain Temba Bavuma sustained a hamstring injury during the Boxing Day Test against India. He strained his left hamstring in the opening session of the match, which cast doubt on his participation. Bavuma had to exit the pitch and undergo a scan immediately. As per the statement from Cricket South Africa, he will be evaluated daily to determine his availability for the rest of the game.

He sustained his left hamstring while fielding at mid-off. The South African skipper was pursuing Marco Jansen after he was driven by Virat Kohli through extra cover. Even though Bavuma did not have to dive to gather the ball, it stopped before reaching the boundary. He still gripped his hamstring and fell with agony. After receiving medical attention on the pitch, he went away on his own. Former Test captain Dean Elgar has taken the leadership role after Bavuma’s exit from the field.

The South African skipper previous hamstring injury had kept him out of the game since the 50-over World Cup semifinal. He had hurt his right hamstring while fielding during a group stage match against Afghanistan on November 10. However, he continued to play in that match and batted for almost 50 minutes. Despite not undergoing a scan in India, he played in the semi-final. In addition, he was not fully fit and had gone through a rehabilitation program through training. Unfortunately, South Africa lost the match by three wickets.

Temba Bavuma was to play a four-day first-class match in preparation for the Test series. However, he rested from the next assignment, which included three T20Is and three ODIs against India. This was due to a family sorrow that kept him away from the game.

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