“A re-assessment ahead of the start of play this morning along with MRI results revealed that he will not be fit in time to play in the final Test match,” confirmed Cricket South Africa on Sunday (October 13).
“Based on this morning's assessment and the findings of the scan, the medical team feel he will not be fit in time for the next Test match in six days' time. The nature and extent of the injury would mean that he will probably return to play in 14 to 21 days based on his progress during the rehabilitation phase,” team doctor Ramjee Hashendra said.
Left-arm spinner George Linde will replace Maharaj in South Africa squad. The third Test of the series starts on Saturday in Ranchi. India have already taken an unassailable lead of 2-0.