In a significant development, Temba Bavuma’s absence has been confirmed for the final Test against India, as Cricket South Africa revealed that he sustained a hamstring strain during the first Test. As a result, Dean Elgar, who is set to retire after the series, will take charge as captain in the last international match of his illustrious career.
Bavuma’s injury, suffered while fielding on Day 1 of the first Test, led to him playing no further part in the game, prompting the decision to rule him out for the remainder of the series. In Elgar’s hands, South Africa secured a convincing win by an innings and 32 runs at Centurion after Bavuma left the field during the match.
Zubayr Hamza is set to step in as Bavuma’s replacement in the squad for the final Test, scheduled to commence on 3 January in Cape Town.
Dean Elgar, with previous captaincy experience, is no stranger to leading the Proteas. In the 2022-23 series against India, he orchestrated a comeback from a 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 victory. Notably, Elgar played a pivotal role in the recent Centurion Test, scoring 185 runs, the second-highest of his Test career, after contributing significantly to bowling India out for 245.
As the Proteas gear up for the final showdown, the captaincy transition from Bavuma to Elgar adds a layer of intrigue to the series conclusion, with fans eagerly anticipating how the South African team will fare under Elgar’s leadership in his farewell match.