Dean Elgar played a crucial role with the bat and as the skipper to help his side win the first Test versus India. Rohit Sharma and his side fell to a huge loss by an innings and 32 runs in Centurion during the first Test match.
Amidst the celebration after the win, there is some bad news for the home team. Fast bowler Gerald Coetzee has been ruled out of the second and final game of the series. Cape Town will be the host as South Africa play India starting on the 3rd of January.
In this article, we cast a close look at the possible three replacements for Gerald Coetzee in the second test versus India.
Keshav Maharaj -
South Africa (SA) will look to bring in experienced Keshav Maharaj for the second Test match in Cape Town. With Gerald Coetzee’s injury, the South Africans can use the veteran left-arm-spinner as a good replacement.
The Newlands Cricket Ground is known to offer spin as the game goes on. With the sun beating down there could be turn and bounce on offer for the spinners. This is where Keshav Maharaj could become the ideal Gerald Coetzee replacement.
Wiaan Mulder –
South African all-rounder Wiaan Mulder is another capable player who can serve as Gerald Coetzee’s replacement. The 25-year-old last played a Test match for South Africa earlier this year versus West Indies. Mulder picked just one wicket and scored 54 runs with the bat. While he might not have the same pace Gerald Coetzee’s injury does open the door for his return to the side.
After missing the T20I and ODI series because of Injury, the South Africans will hope for Lungi Ngidi to be back soon. The right-arm fast bowler began his Test career versus India in 2018 and bowled his heart out.
The 27-year-old has played 17 tests for South Africa and picked 51 wickets with the ball. His best of 6/39 came against India on his debut Test in 2018 in Centurion. With blistering pace and bounce Lungi Ngidi is a readymade Gerald Coetzee replacement.