New Delhi. The South African team suffered another blow after losing the first ODI on the tour of Sri Lanka. Team captain Temba Bavumar has been ruled out of the entire series due to a fracture in the thumb of his right hand. Keshab Maharaj has been given the captaincy of the team in his place. South Africa will play ODIs and as many T20 series in the current tour. The first ODI between the two countries was held in Colombo on Thursday. The visiting team had to face defeat.
Keshab Maharaj is a South African player of Indian descent. Left-arm bowler Keshab left India in search of ancestral work. Went to Africa and then settled there. However, Keshab still nurtures Hindu culture. He is a great devotee of Hanuman Ji and he also goes to Bajrang Bali temple to worship.
He has posted many pictures of Hanuman Temple on his social media account. He played in Tests and 12 ODIs for South Africa. Keshab has taken 129 wickets and scored 739 runs in Tests. He has taken 15 wickets in ODIs.
Bavuma will return to South Africa
Babuma will return to South Africa as soon as possible after consulting a specialist doctor. He suffered the injury while batting in the first ODI on Thursday. It was the 2nd over of the South African innings. He played a shot towards mid-wicket, which went straight to the fielder. He threw straight. Bavuma tried to avoid it. But the ball hits the thumb of his right hand directly. Immediately blood started flowing from her thumb and it swelled.
When Babuma got injured, he was playing at 38 runs. He played a few more balls after the injury. However, as the pain escalated, he returned to the pavilion with a retired injury of 38 in the 28th over. He did not even come on the field to bat again. At that time there was a 106-run partnership between Bavuma and Aiden Markram.
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He was then taken for a scan, which revealed that the South African captain had broken his thumb. CSK has given a statement about his injury that the picture is not clear about his return at the moment. For now, Keshab Maharaj will lead the team. Next will be a meeting of the national selection panel, where the captain will be selected for the T20 series.
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Let us tell you that the host Sri Lanka defeated South Africa by 14 runs in the first ODI. The second ODI of the series will be played on Saturday and the third match on Tuesday. After that, 3 T20 series will also be played between the two countries.
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