The Proteas suffered a blow on day three during the third Test against India as opener Dean Elgar was ruled out after suffering a concussion on Monday (October 21).
Elgar, after being hit by a bouncer from Indian pacer Umesh Yadav, immediately fell on the ground and needed medical help.
Minutes before the tea break, Elgar tried to duck a short delivery from Yadav, who was in the middle of a hostile spell of short-pitched bowling.
He was hit just above the ear while batting on 16 off 29 balls when Umesh bouncer struck him.
“Dean Elgar is still being assessed and we are following the standard ICC concussion protocol. I will send an update as soon as there is one to send. The Match Referee has approved Theunis de Bruyn as Dean Elgar’s replacement as result of concussion,” South Africa media manager issued a statement on behalf of the team.
Elgar is the third concussion substitute after Marnus Labuschagne of Australia (in place of Steve Smith during Ashes Test at Lord’s) and Jermaine Blackwood (vs India replacing Darren Bravo).
(With inputs from agencies)