Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis on Saturday suffered a concussion during a Pakistan Super League match between the Peshawar Zalmi and the Quetta Gladiators. According to reports, the batsman collided with teammate Mohammad Hasnain in the outfield during the 7th over of Peshawar’s innings after they both ran towards the ball.
In a bizarre turn of events, du Plessis' head collided with Hasnain's knee, with the latter falling to the ground. Following the injury he left the field and was seen sitting in the dugout. Later reports by local media outlets indicated that he had been taken to the hospital for tests and scans.
While Saim Ayub replaced him as a concussion substitution, the Quetta Gladiators were unable to salvage the game, suffering their sixth defeat out of seven matches. Without Andre Russell and Faf du Plessis around, the 198-run target was a herculean task for the Gladiators, who hobbled to 136 for nine after being 62 for no loss in the eighth over.
The result meant Peshawar Zalmi moved to join Islamabad United on eight points from seven matches, while the defeat proved to be the end of the road for Quetta Gladiators.
Following news of his injury, well wishers have taken to social media platforms to express hope for a speedy recovery. Many of the tweets also brought up his link to the Indian Premier League. Others still spoke about the incident in conjunction with Denmark's Christian Eriksen who was rushed to the hospital after collapsing during an Euro 2020 match on Saturday.
The former South Africa sportsman who had announced his retirement from Test cricket earlier this year is also a part of the Chennai Super Kings squad, having been bought by KXIP before Chennai Super Kings used the Right to Match card for him.
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