South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj suffered a freak injury on the fourth day of the second Test against West Indies and had to be stretchered off the field as a result.
Maharaj, who had already picked up a wicket in his first over to reduce the visitors to 26/4 in their tall run chase, challenged the umpire’s call in his third over after hitting Kyle Mayers on the pad. After noticing the three reds on the screen that would overturn the on-field call in his favour, Maharaj was about to celebrate when he twisted his ankle.
The spinner was down on the ground and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was later taken for an MRI scan to determine the extent of his injury.
“Keshav Maharaj is in danger of missing the 2023 ODI World Cup after rupturing his left Achilles tendon while celebrating a wicket. South Africa’s lead spinner is looking at a minimum of six months out of the game and may not be able to make it to India in October when the iCC tournament is due to begin.” ESPN Cricinfo reported.
After many years at this injury video caper I’m still seeing firsts – the first cricketer suffer an achilles rupture (suspected) celebrating a wicket that was under review. Poor Maharaj pic.twitter.com/AcNTlXaZ6q
— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) March 11, 2023