In a setback for South Africa ahead of the second Test against India in Cape Town, fast bowler Gerald Coetzee has been ruled out due to a pelvic inflammation. He experienced discomfort during India’s second innings in the first Test at Centurion, underwent scans revealing the extent of his injury. Despite a challenging outing in the opening Test, where he picked up just one wicket and was the most expensive bowler for South Africa, this setback has forced him out of the upcoming match.
The young bowler, in his third Test appearance after debuting against West Indies earlier this year, managed only five overs in India’s second innings before leaving the field. South Africa’s head coach, Conrad Shukri, took a cautious approach by releasing him from the squad. This absence leaves the team without a named replacement as they prepare to take on India in the second Test starting on January 3.
The injury list grows for South Africa following captain Temba Bavuma’s hamstring issues in the first Test against India. Bavuma joins Gerald Coetzee on the sidelines for the upcoming game. With Coetzee ruled out due to pelvic inflammation, South Africa eyes replacements like Lungi Ngidi and Wiaan Mulder from their fast-bowling options, although Ngidi’s fitness remains a concern. The team also considers the spin option of Keshav Maharaj based on match conditions.
Gerald Coetzee’s exceptional white ball outings
The 23-year-old sensation boasts a promising start in Test cricket, securing 10 wickets at an average of 24.50 across three matches. His impact wasn’t limited to the longest format, as he showcased his prowess during South Africa’s ODI World Cup journey in India. He emerged as a standout performer, claiming an impressive tally of 20 wickets in just eight matches at a stellar average of 19.80, a feat that significantly contributed to his team’s semifinal entry.
His stellar displays didn’t go unnoticed, earning him a lucrative IPL contract worth Rs 5 crore with the Mumbai Indians. Coetzee’s arrival at Mumbai Indians positions him to partner with Jasprit Bumrah, adding depth to the team’s bowling arsenal. The franchise, seeking to reclaim the title after their 2020 triumph, pins hope on Coetzee’s prowess to bolster their campaign in the upcoming season.