A sigh of despair for South Africa and a gasp of relief, prehaps, for India. Proteas allrounder Jacques Kallis is in severe pain and might just be in absentia for the hosts' ongoing second innings in the Cape Town Test against India.
Kallis was stuck on the chest by a fiery ball from Indian pacer S Sreesanth during the Porteas' first innings, on Day 3. But he endured the ensuring throbbing to bravely notch up 161 runs and see his side through to a challenging total of 362. But his heroics during that passage of play means he will probably play no further part in the Test.
The word for now is that he will be be unable to bowl or field and will only bat if South Africa are in an emergency during their second innings.
"Jacques took a blow to the side of the chest and has a contusion on the right rib with an accompanying muscle strain. He will definitely bat if needed to in the second innings but won't take the field when India bat," team manager Mohammed Moosajee told a news conference.
"The recovery time is about two weeks and he will probably miss the first two one-day internationals."
Kallis's gurtsy knock gave South Africa an early advantage and their bowlers backed up the impetus by claiming two quick wickets as India slipped to 28/2 before Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar staged a reovery with a 176-run partnership for the third wicket.
"It's nice to contribute in an important game at a vital time so this hundred means as much as any of the others," Kallis said after scoring his 39th test century. "It wasn't easy out there, the pitch is quite tough, there's a bit of bounce and lateral movement. So it's great to come through a challenge like that, that's why we play the game. It was very satisfying."