IND v SA 2019: Keshav Maharaj ruled out third Test against India in Ranchi; replacement named

Maharaj was the top-scorer for South Africa in 1st innings.

Maharaj was the top-scorer for South Africa in 1st innings | AFPSouth Africa lost the second Test against India in Pune by an innings and 137 runs and with it also lost the three-match series 2-0 with one Test to go in Ranchi. None of the South African bowlers had answers to Indian batting in the match.

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India piled on 601/5d with Kohli making a career-best 254* and Agarwal making 108. Even Rahane, Jadeja and Pujara made half-centuries. Proteas meanwhile could only muster 275 and 189 in their two innings. The hero of the first innings with the bat proved to be Keshav Maharaj who struck his highest Test score of 72 and added over 100 runs with Vernon Philander, to frustrate Indian bowlers.

However, his knock came with a disclaimer that while bowling in the Indian innings, Maharaj had hurt his right shoulder, while diving to stop the ball and was in visible discomfort during his two innings out in the middle and speculations were rife that he might not take any further part in the game.

It has now been confirmed that Maharaj will miss the Ranchi Test and his place will be taken by another left-arm spinner George Linde. The third Test begins on 19th October 2019.



By Jatin Sharma - 13 Oct, 2019

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