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Team India’s ‘Mission South Africa’ starts from Boxing Day, will Kohli and company be able to create history

Highlights

  • 3 match test series will be played between india and south africa
  • Team India will create history to win the test series
  • Shreyas or Rahane? Who will get chance in Boxing Day Test?

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Committed to winning their maiden Test series in South Africa after beating Australia and England on their soil, the Indian team will hit the ground with the right combination for the first Test starting on ‘Boxing Day’ on Sunday. will be a challenge.

It will not be easy for skipper Virat Kohli to pick between the less experienced Shreyas Iyer and the experienced but in-form Ajinkya Rahane as the number five batsman.

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Not only this, one will also have to work hard to choose between Shardul Thakur or Ishant Sharma as the fifth bowler. In the Mumbai Test against New Zealand, Rahane and Ishant were dropped by the Indian team management as injuries but if they fail to make it to the playing XI on Sunday, it will be considered that they have been dropped.

Team India toured South Africa for the first time in 1992.
India had toured South Africa for the first time in 1992 but they have yet to win a Test series here. In such a situation, Kohli would like to leave no stone unturned to become the first captain to achieve this feat. South Africa is no longer a strong team in international cricket as it has been going through a period of transformation over the years.

In view of this, it is being considered a great opportunity for Kohli and his team. The Indian team looks better than its rivals and if it proves itself better on the field as well, it will be able to win the series in South Africa for the first time. This series is important in many ways for the Indian team, especially Kohli, and he will be determined to make it a memorable one.

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Team India will try to dominate inexperienced South Africa
Kohli will look to dominate a team whose only two players, captain Dean Elgar (69 Tests) and wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock (53 Tests) have played more than 50 matches. There is good news for India that one of the world’s fastest bowlers, Enrich Nortje, will not be there to support Kagiso Rabada.

As far as the Indian batsmen are concerned, they will not worry much about left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj. While Kohli will have to get the best out of his players against a relatively weak team, he will also have to play a big knock himself as he has not been able to score a century in international cricket since 2019.

Meanwhile, his average was less than 30, which is not in favor of his fame. Before the start of the tour, Kohli had started a new discussion by targeting Sourav Ganguly, President and former captain of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). But those who know Kohli understand that such incidents motivate the Indian captain to perform well.

Kohli looked in fine form in the net session
Kohli looked in good form during the net session. Along with this, he would like vice-captain KL Rahul to repeat his performance for England and Cheteshwar Pujara also makes a big score. For the number five batsman, Iyer seems to have the upper hand on Rahane but here he will have to deal with good length deliveries from a bowler like Duane Oliver.

The Centurion pitch anyway gets faster as the match progresses. Rishabh Pant has also been a good performer in rough conditions and skipper Kohli will also have no problem if he hits spinner Maharaj for sixes with the help of one hand. Indian batsmen, however, need to be careful with Rabada and Duane. Jasprit Bumrah can make a difference between the two teams with his fast bowling.

He is making a comeback from his sabbatical and is ready to take the tough test of batsmen like Elgar, Temba Bavuma and De Kock. If Bumrah and Mohammed Shami take over the top order, it will not be easy for the rest of the South African batsmen to face Ravichandran Ashwin.

The teams are as follows:
India

Virat Kohli (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (WK) ), Jayant Yadav, Priyank Panchal, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma.

South Africa
Dean Elgar (captain), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Ervi, Beuran Hendrix, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Viaan Mulder, Keegan Pietersen, Rasi van der Dussen, Of Kyle Verne, Marco Jensen, Glenton Sturman, Prenelan Subrian, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton, Duane Oliver.

Indian Cricket Team

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