Anshul Talmale | Navbharat Times | Updated: Dec 25, 2021, 1:54 PM
After losing the first two matches in 2018, India won the third Test in Johannesburg by 63 runs in four days. Now Kohli and Co have started to win in overseas conditions as well, as this includes winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy twice in Australia, 2-1 in England and Test series in West Indies.
The tour of South Africa has never been easy for any team. Especially Team India has not won a single Test series there so far. The South African tour of India is starting from Boxing Day i.e. 26 December. The Proteas team is already looking weak, but they have some unknown players who can take a toll on Kohli and Co. Let’s get you to meet him…
The 29-year-old Duane Oliver had no hope of making a comeback in the national team but is eager to take the wicket of pacer Virat Kohli after being included in the South African Test squad. Oliver made his debut in 2017 and took 48 wickets in 10 Tests, but has since followed the ‘Kolpak’ route (which allows players to play county cricket in Britain since it was then part of the European Union). Represented Yorkshire. He hoped to play for England one day. But Oliver’s hopes were shattered with Britain leaving the European Union.
Viaan Mulder, who made his international debut against Bangladesh in October 2017, is counted among the best all-rounders of South Africa. Mulder, who has taken 14 wickets at an average of 21.07, has six Test match experience. Mulder, who has performed well in First Class matches and List A, has not been able to establish himself as a batsman so far. He was also part of the South African squad in the World T20, although the 23-year-old did not get a chance to play.
Keegan Pietersen, born on 8 August 1993, is a right-handed batsman. Sometimes he also bowls leg break. Earlier this year he made his Test debut against West Indies. Against India, he can be seen batting at number three. Keger Pietersen, who is known for his aggressive batting, may miss the legendary Kevin Pietersen. Keegan, who scored 923 runs at an average of 61.53 in the 2018-19 domestic season, has experience in only two Tests.
rasi van der dusen
Rasie van der Dussen has been the lifeblood of the South African middle order since making her Test debut against England in 2019. The right-handed batsman has scored 610 runs in 10 matches played so far with the highest score of 98. Although all his achievements are in ODI cricket only. Dussen, who was the highest scorer in the 2017-18 domestic season, also established himself in the T20 team.
After making his debut in the Ranchi Test against India in 2019, George Lind has played only three matches so far. Last month, he showed a tremendous game while playing for South Africa A against India A. Scoring 96 runs with the bat, he also took three wickets with slow left arm orthodox bowling. Linde will face tough competition from Keshav Maharaj for a place in the playing XI. Despite the pain in Rawalpindi, this 30-year-old player won everyone’s heart by playing against Pakistan.