India vs South Africa: Aiden Markram ruled out of Ranchi Test after self-inflicted injury
Aiden Markram had managed a pair in the 2nd Test in Pune (AP Photo)
- Aiden Markram suffered a wrist injury during the 2nd Test after he lashed out at a solid object
- A CT scan of Markram's wrist showed a fracture involving the wrist bones
- No replacement has been named for Markram, who left for South Africa on Thursday
South Africa opener Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the third and final Test against India starting October 19 in Ranchi after he injured his wrist in Pune.
Aiden Markram, frustrated with his performances, hit out at a solid object in the South African dressing room during the Pune Test. As a result, Markram injured his wrist and was ruled out of the final Test in Ranchi.
After scores of 5 and 39 in the first Test in Vizag, Aiden Markram bagged a pair in Pune. He was expected to be the pillar of South Africa's batting line-up along with fellow opener Dean Elgar but disappointed with only 44 runs across 4 innings.
South Africa team doctor, Hashendra Ramjee said Aiden Markram suffered a fractured wrist and added the opening batsman will consult a specialist once he returns home.
"CT scan of Aiden Markram's wrist showed a fracture involving the wrist bones. The medical team has therefore ruled him out of the next Test match against India.
"Arrangements have been made for him to see a specialist on his return to South Africa for further management of the injury," Ramjee said.
Aiden Markram, who departed for South Africa early Thursday morning said, it was a disappointing note to end the tour on but he took full responsibility for his actions.
"It's sad to be going home on this note and I completely understand what I've done wrong and take full accountability for it. It's unacceptable in a Proteas environment and to let the team down is what hurts me the most.
"I've learned a lot from this and the other players I'm sure, have learned from it as well. We understand in sport that emotions run high and sometimes the frustration gets the better of you as it did for me, but like I said, it's no excuse.
"I've taken full responsibility for it, I have apologized to the team and hopefully I can make it up to them and the people of South Africa soon," Markram said.
After losing the first Test in Vizag by 203 runs runs, South Africa went crashing to an innings and 137 runs in the second Test in Pune.