He had suffered a concussion while fielding as he collided with his Quetta Gladiators’ team-mate Mohammad Hasnain
Faf du Plessis, who suffered a concussion during Quetta Gladiators’ match against Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday, has been ruled out of PSL 2021. He will be flying back to South Africa on Wednesday night.
du Plessis had collided with his team-mate Mohammad Hasnain in the field as both players converged at speed in an attempt to stop a drive from David Miller. After rushing in from long-off, Hasnain made a late attempt to evade a collision as du Plessis dived to his right, after sprinting in from long-off, to stop the ball. Hasnain couldn’t quite pull away, however, and du Plessis’ head crashed into his knee.
du Plessis lay prone on the ground for a few minutes while the Gladiators physio attended to him, but eventually got on his feet to walk back into his team’s dugout. The Gladiators’ management said soon after that he was being taken to hospital.
Later that day, he tweeted that he was having a “concussion with some memory loss”.
In five games he played this season, du Plessis scored 76 runs in four innings at an average of 19 and a strike rate of 122.58. Having featured for Peshawar Zalmi last season, this was his second stint in the PSL.
In the Gladiators’ earlier game, against Islamabad United, Andre Russell too had sustained a concussion after being hit on the helmet by a Mohammad Musa bouncer. Russell hasn’t played a game since then.
The Gladiators are currently at the bottom of the table with four points from eight games. Their next game is against the Multan Sultans on Wednesday.