Smriti Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI series

The Indian women's team was dealt with a major blow as opener Smriti Mandhana was ruled out of the three-match ODI series against South Africa beginning in Vadodara on Wednesday due to an injury.

The 23-year-old suffered a fracture in her right toe after being struck by a ball during a net session on Sunday forcing her out of the series.

Seam bowling all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar has been drafted in as her replacement.

Head coach W.V Raman said a call on Mandhana's return will be taken based on the assessment of the physios at the NCA.

"It is a mild fracture. It's difficult to fix the timeline as she still needs to get an MRI done. There is some swelling and it has to die down for the MRI to be taken. An assessment can be made only after that, Raman said.