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IND vs SA 2nd Test: Mohammed Siraj survives huge injury scare, warming up ahead of Day 2; Follow LIVE Updates

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IND vs SA 2nd Test: Mohammed Siraj injury scare – The 2nd Test against South Africa in a new year didn’t start well for Team India. After losing Virat Kohli to injury and managing just 202 in the first innings, India suffered a huge injury scare. Mohammed Siraj, India’s star pacer, limped off the field without completing his over. Ravichandran Ashwin was also concerned and hoped for his return on Day 2.

It was in the penultimate over of Day 1 when Mohammed Siraj was in the middle of a fiery spell. As he was about to finish his over, he pulled up his hamstring during his run-up and could not continue. Shardul Thakur completed the remaining delivery.

IND vs SA 2nd Test: Mohammed Siraj survives huge injury scare, warming up ahead of Day 2; Follow LIVE Updates

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Mohammed Siraj injured – Team India physio Nitin Patel rushed in and had to take him back to the dressing room. Ravichandran Ashwin said since it is immediate, it will take at least an hour two to assess his condition before coming to a conclusion.

“The medical staff are assessing him overnight. It was immediate so what they initially do with these injuries is see for an hour or two and then take a call. With the history Siraj has, I am hoping he will definitely come out and give his best for us,” Ravichandran Ashwin said at the end of the day’s virtual press conference.

IND vs SA 2nd Test: Mohammed Siraj survives huge injury scare, warming up ahead of Day 2; Follow LIVE Updates

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It should be noted that amongst the three pace spearheads, Mohammed Siraj has bowled the second-most overs in Tests after Jasprit Bumrah. Mohammed Siraj has bowled 296.4 overs in 11 matches in the last 12 months while Jasprit Bumrah has bowled 316.4 overs in 10 matches.

Player Mat Inns Overs Wkts BBI BBM Ave 5W
Siraj 11 20 296.4 31 5/73 8/126 30.09 1
Bumrah 10 17 316.4 30 5/64 9/110 27.00 1
Shami 6 10 172.4 24 5/44 8/107 22.16 1

IND vs SA 2nd Test: Mohammed Siraj survives huge injury scare, warming up ahead of Day 2; Follow LIVE Updates

As for the match, South Africa held the edge on Day 1 after bowling India out for 202 in the first innings. KL Rahul scored 50 and R Ashwin scored 46 while Jasprit Bumrah’s late cameo took India to 200. Otherwise, India suffered the same middle-order crisis with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scoring 3 and 0 respectively. But Mohammed Shami sent Aiden Markram back to reduce South Africa to 35/1 at the close of play.

Virat Kohli’s big injury scare – India’s day didn’t start well as Test skipper Virat Kohli was ruled out with an upper back spasm.

“Virat Kohli had a spasm on his upper back this morning. He won’t feature in the second Test against South Africa at The Wanderers. The BCCI medical team will be monitoring him during the course of this Test match,” a BCCI statement said. 

IND vs SA 2nd Test: Mohammed Siraj survives huge injury scare, warming up ahead of Day 2; Follow LIVE Updates

However, as per reports, it is likely to be a recurrence of his injury that he picked up in 2018. In 2018, he was suffering from a condition called ‘herniated disc’ (slipped disc) and was advised by the doctor to not play county cricket for Surrey if he wanted to be part of the Test series after that.

The condition didn’t warrant surgery which could have ruled him out for a good three to four months. A back spasm is a sudden tightness and pain in the back muscles. It may happen from overuse of a muscle or an injury. Kohli is believed to have the same kind of discomfort now.

IND vs SA 2nd Test: Mohammed Siraj survives huge injury scare, warming up ahead of Day 2; Follow LIVE Updates

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