Aiden Markram lashes out at a solid object; ruled out of the 3rd Test with wrist injury
Markram lashed out at a solid object during the Pune Test.
Updated - Oct 17, 2019 1:51 pm
That South Africa has been comprehensively humbled, is not an understatement. The inexperienced tourists have been steamrolled by the relentless Virat Kohli-led juggernaut masquerading as a Test match unit. After walking past the Faf du Plessis-unit in Visakhapatnam by 203 runs; one that did see the South African batsman put some resistance, only to get blown away by the pace and reverse-swing of Mohammed Shami, the second Test turned out to be an even dour affair.
On a track where the Indian batters- Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, and Ravindra Jadeja- buried the visitors under a mountain of runs, the South African faltered yet again. And, it was the only spin that led to their undoing. They didn’t have many answers to the pace, accuracy, and reverse-swing of the Indian fast bowlers-led by Umesh Yadav.
Markram to miss the third Test due to a freak injury
One of the batsmen who uncharacteristically succumbed to the seamers on both occasions was opener Aiden Markram. The opening batsman who was being looked upon as the torchbearer of the South African batting on this tour has had a forgettable two Test matches.
And, his dismissals in Pune where he bagged a pair was a reflection of his muddled mindset. After fielding for over 150 overs, Markram played all around a Umesh Yadav inswinger and when he did the same in the second innings and the resigned look that he displayed while consulting Dean Elgar for the referral summed up his sorry tale.
And, now to accentuate the matters further, the opening batsman Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the third Test after he lashed out at a ‘solid object’ during the Pune Test, which resulted in his right wrist injury, according to ESPNCricinfo. South Africa was expected to ring in a lot of changes to their batting unit anyway but they will now also have to deal with this forced change. This means Henrich Klaasen could be in line for his Test match debut while Zubayr Hamza is expected to replace under-fire Theunis de Bruyn.