Nagpur, March 10: After England and Australia have been victim to injuries in their World Cup squad, it's now apparently the turn of South Africa. The team from the Rainbow Nation suffered a World Cup injury scare on Wednesday when in-form leg-spinner Imran Tahir fractured his left thumb. He had evidently sustained the fracture during his side's tense 6-wicket loss to England on Sunday.
"Imran injured himself during the game against England while attempting the caught and bowled, which dismissed Jonathan Trott," said Proteas manager Mohammed Moosajee. "The X-Ray revealed a small undisplaced fracture in his left thumb. The images have been sent home to Cricket South Africa's medical committee and we are waiting for the hand specialist, Dr Mike Solomons, to give us an opinion."
Moosajee went on to say that the damage to the Tahir finger is quite severe and he has not been able to bowl with it. "His thumb has been splintered and immobilised and a decision on what happens further will be made in the next two days."
Tahir is the tournament's second-highest wicket-taker with 11 victims in three matches. In the three matches he has played so far, he has finished with figures of 4/42, 4/38 and 3/19 and was looking like quite a trump card for his side. South Africa, next tackle India on Saturday.