Captain Temba Bavuma Ruled Out of Second Test Against India

Temba Bavuma hamstring strain rules him out of the second Test against India. Dean Elgar to lead in his farewell match, and Hamza named as the replacement, adding depth to the squad.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed a setback for South Africa as Captain Temba Bavuma is ruled out of the second Test against India due to a left hamstring strain. The announcement follows the conclusion of the first Test on Thursday, where Bavuma sustained the injury while fielding on day one at SuperSport Park.

In the absence of Temba Bhavuma, seasoned campaigner Dean Elgar will done the captain’s armband in the final match of his international career. Elgar, who declared his retirement before the series, will lead the side as they aim to maintain their winning momentum.

Zubayr Hamza has been enlisted as Temba Bavuma’s replacement in the squad, stepping in to bolster the team’s resources for the crucial encounter.

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Bavuma’s left hamstring strain, revealed through scans, kept him out of South Africa’s first innings in the first Test. Further medical assessments will determine his availability for the upcoming SA20.

During Bavuma’s absence in the first Test, Elgar seamlessly assumed the captaincy role, guiding South Africa to a convincing win by an innings and 32 runs at Centurion. Elgar, with past captaincy experience, previously led the Proteas, showcasing his leadership prowess during India’s last visit to South Africa, where he orchestrated a remarkable comeback victory.

As the focus shifts to the second Test, the Proteas face the challenge of maintaining their winning streak against a formidable Indian side, with Elgar at the helm and Hamza ready to make his mark as Bavuma’s replacement.

-IANS