Injured Smriti Mandhana out of South Africa ODIs


India women's opener Smriti Mandhana has been ruled out of the ODI series against South Africa after fracturing her right toe. A BCCI spokesperson confirmed that she had picked up the injury at a practice session following reports that said she was struck by a ball while batting in the nets. Pooja Vastrakar, the 20-year old seam-bowling allrounder, has been added to the team as replacement.

India squad: Mithali Raj (capt), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-capt), Taniya Bhatia (wk), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma

Mandhana is now under observation by the BCCI's medical team and it is unclear if she will be fit in time to play India's next series. The team is tentatively set to depart for a tour of the Caribbean on October 23.

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