Test Series: Keshav Maharaj ruled out of third game against India
South African spinner Keshav Maharaj has been ruled out of the third Test match versus India. Keshav sustained an injury to his right shoulder while fielding during the second game in Pune.
Left-arm spinner George Linde – has taken 160 wickets in first class cricket at an impressive average of 24.05 – has been named as his replacement for the final game which is set to start from October 19.
The 27-year-old has 1497 runs at 25.81 under his belt in first-class cricket which indicates that he can bat as well.
“An MRI scan revealed that Keshav has sustained an injury to a muscle in his right shoulder which was strapped in order for him to bat yesterday. He was re-assessed this morning, particularly with regards to bowling, and he showed significant discomfort in this latter discipline.
“Based on this morning’s assessment and the findings of the scan, the medical team feel he will not be fit in time for the next Test match in six days’ time. The nature and extent of the injury would mean that he will probably return to play in 14 to 21 days based on his progress during the rehabilitation phase.”