Richa Ghosh suffered a concussion after sustaining a freak injury in the first T20I against South Africa

Richa Ghosh, Sajeevan Sajana

Indian star Richa Ghosh on Friday (July 5) was forced to retire injured and was ruled out of the remainder of the first T20I against South Africa at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

The wicket-keeper batsman suffered an injury after he fell awkwardly while trying to catch a ball. The incident took place in the 16th over of South Africa’s innings. On the third ball of the over, Pooja Vastrakar bowled a short delivery to Tazmin Brits, who attempted a drag shot.

However, she ended up making an over-edge as the ball went straight up. Richa Ghosh called for the catch and it looked like it was a regulation play for her. However, she completely misjudged the catch before diving desperately to catch the ball. Once again, she failed to catch the ball as the ball hit her glove before deflecting towards her face.

Richa Ghosh also ended up falling face first to the ground. She immediately appeared to be in pain as she did not get up immediately before the physiotherapist carried her off the ground. Uma Chetry then put on her wicket-keeping gloves and stood behind the stumps.

The BCCI later gave an update on the player, saying that Sajeevan Sajana had replaced her as a substitute due to concussion. The board also said that Ghosh is suffering from neck pain and dizziness.

“Sajeevan Sajana has been named as a concussion substitute for Richa Ghosh, who is suffering from neck pain and dizziness due to an on-field injury. She has been sent for further scans and the BCCI medical team is monitoring her progress,” the BCCI said.

South Africa scores highly:

On the game front, South Africa have posted a big total in the first match of the three-match T20I series. Asked to bat first, the visitors finished their innings on 189/4 in 20 overs, with Tazmin Brits scoring 81 and Marizanne Kapp scoring 57. For India, Vastrakar and Radha Yadav picked up 2 wickets each.

In reply, the hosts were 126 for 3 in the 16th over at the time of writing this report. India need 63 runs in 25 balls to take the lead in the series.