Shadab Khan’s Unfortunate Injury
During South Africa’s second innings at the Chidambaram Stadium, Shadab Khan, Pakistan’s spin-bowling all-rounder, suffered an injury in the very first over. The severity of the injury rendered him unable to continue the game.
Usama Mir Steps In
Usama Mir, Shadab’s replacement, made an immediate impact by taking a wicket in his debut over. This swift action demonstrated his readiness to step into the breach.
The Incident Leading to Injury
Shadab’s injury occurred during an attempted run-out. His diving throw, while impressive in its athleticism, resulted in a hard fall onto his right shoulder. The force of the impact caused his head to whip down towards the unforgiving Chennai square.
Uncertainty Surrounding the Injury
Replays of the incident did not conclusively show whether Shadab’s head had struck the ground or if he had suffered whiplash from the violent motion. However, it was evident that the 25-year-old was in distress as he lay motionless, awaiting medical assistance.
Shadab Khan’s Exit
After initial on-field assessments, Shadab was escorted off the field and later deemed unfit to continue the game.
Historic Concussion Substitution
The concussion substitution rule allowed Usama Mir to replace Shadab as an active member of the bowling attack. This marked the first instance of a concussion substitute being used in an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Immediate Impact of the Substitution
Shadab’s injury occurred so early in the innings that he hadn’t bowled a single delivery. However, his replacement, Usama Mir, made an immediate impact by dismissing Rassie van der Dussen for 21 in his first over.
Comparing the Bowlers
Both Shadab and Usama are leg-break spinners. However, Shadab boasts a superior average and economy rate over his One Day International (ODI) career.