South Africa opener Dean Elgar was on Monday ruled out of the third Test against India as he suffered a concussion after being hit by a bouncer from pacer Umesh Yadav. 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. Elgar was hit just above the ear and immediately fell on the ground, calling for medical help. He was 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 a result of a 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).
India's wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha walked off the field after he was hit on his fingertips by a delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin. In the 26th over, Saha was struck directly on his fingertips and chose to walk off the field after the physio examined his fingers. India's stand-in wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has replaced Saha on the field, making him the second substitute for a player in this session. Earlier, Dean Elgar was retired hurt after he was struck on the side of his head by Umesh Yadav following which he was ruled out of the match and de Bruyn was announced as his concussion substitute. India have left South Africa reeling in pressure and misery as they reduced the visitors to 67-6 after tea on Day three.
(With PTI Inputs)