Theunis de Bruyn Becomes First Concussion Substitute for South Africa, Replaces Injured Dean Elgar in the 3rd IND vs SA Test 2019
Theunis De Bruyn Replaces Dean Elgar (Photo Credits: Twitter/ Getty Images)

Theunis de Bruyn becomes the first-ever substitute cricketer for South Africa by replacing Dean Elgar in the ongoing India vs South Africa third Test. Elgar, who was batting on 16, got hit by a ferocious bouncer from Umesh Yadav and was forced to leave the field. The incident took place in the tenth over of South Africa’s second innings. The left-handed batsman immediately collapsed after getting hit and later was ruled out of the match. South Africa, who are on a verge of an innings defeat, will hope Elgar’s injury is not severe and will recover soon.  India Vs South Africa, Live Cricket Score 3rd Test Match.

De Bruyn, who played the first two Tests for South Africa, was left of the initial playing XI in the third Test. However, the concussion injury to Elgar gave De Bruyn a chance to bat and the latter will certainly want to make a mark. The concussion rule was introduced just before the Ashes 2019. According to the rule, if a batsman sustains a concussion injury during the match, a player with similar attributes can replace him. Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne became the first concussion substitute when he Steve Smith in the second Ashes 2019 Test. However, De Bruyn is the first concussion substitute for South Africa.

Talking about the 3rd India vs South Africa Test, Chasing India’s tally of 497 runs, South Africa were bundled out for 129 in the first innings. After being asked to follow-on, the visitors have lost six wickets and their innings defeat seems just a matter of time. The hosts also emerged victorious in the first two Tests which means a victory in the ongoing clash will give a 3-0 series victory for the Virat Kohli led side.