The India team will play the first test match of the three-Test series between South Africa at Centurion. The Indian team has a golden opportunity to win the series here for the first time. In view of the new variant Omicron of Covid-19, it was decided to play Test and ODI series between the two countries, while it has been decided to hold the T20 series later.
India has better bowling attack
Indian team vice-captain KL Rahul had said in the press conference, ‘So far only the first Test match has been discussed. We are not thinking much ahead. The first Test match of the series is the most important thing for us to get off to a good start. All our discussion and focus is on doing our best in the first game. Jasprit Bumrah has done well in Test cricket since the 2018 tour, followed by Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma along with Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj and Shardul Thakur doing well for India
Pitches supporting fast bowlers
The pitches of South Africa are always helpful for fast bowlers. Indian batsmen always have to face trouble in playing fast bowlers. The ball swings and seams in South Africa. There the bowlers get swing, speed and bounce from the pitch, but this time the story may be different. The Indian pace battery includes a deadly bowler like Jasprit Bumrah, who can turn the tide of the match at any time. At the same time, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Siraj are also ready to show their flair.
South Africa captain gave strength to Indian bowling
South Africa’s captain Dean Elgar has described India’s fast bowling lineup as the biggest challenge. He said, “His strength at the moment is his bowling. We are also very aware of this. They have had a lot of success as a bowling unit. They have very good bowlers who lead the attack. I think being in South Africa their bowlers will take advantage of the conditions.
Indian batting has strength
Indian team is known all over the world because of its batting. There is a lot of depth in the Indian batting line-up. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara have played many brilliant innings in South Africa. At the same time, Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs for India in South Africa. Sachin has scored 1161 runs in 15 test matches in South Africa. The onus will be on the Indian batsmen to score big. There is a lot of depth in the Indian batting.
Did not win the series in South Africa
Team India has waved its victory in every corner of the world, but the Indian team has not yet won a single series in South Africa. The team has played 20 test matches there, in which only 3 have won. Captains like Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rahul Dravid who could not achieve the feat. Virat Kohli has a chance to do that feat.