- The first Test between South Africa and India from December 26
- Everyone’s focused on the final team selection
- Can’t wait for the picnic ..? Rahane, what is the situation ..?
In order to win the first Test .. India is crucial to finalize the final team. With key players like Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Akshar Patel injured, Team India will be away for their services. But there are a lot of players on the team who have the potential to replace them.
With the unavailability of Shubhman Gill and Rohit Sharma, there is a possibility of some trouble with the combination of openers. KL Rahul, who was promoted to vice-captain in Rohit’s absence, is likely to co-open with his Karnataka teammate Mayank Agarwal. It became interesting how Rahul would play as he was going to shoulder new responsibilities.
Despite suffering from a lack of form .. Chhateshwar Pujara is likely to play in the first Test. Kohli enters the ring in fourth place. It became interesting to see who would be selected for the fifth place. Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane are vying for the post. While Vihari has the ability to play excellent defense .. Rahane has a better record abroad. But in recent times he has not been so impressive. Given his current form, his place in the playing XI is difficult. But Rahane is practicing well. According to H code Rahul Dravid, the chances of him getting a place in the final squad cannot be ruled out.
Shreyas Iyer, who made his long format debut in the Test series against New Zealand, proved his mettle in the first Test. With this, the chances of him getting a place in the Boxing Day Test are plentiful. The hiker will get a chance in the next match.
Earlier this year, Pant, who excelled on Australian soil, made his mark abroad. With this, it is almost certain that Rishabh Pant will enter the ring as the wicket keeper. In sixth place he will go down to batting. Ravichandran Ashwin is likely to replace seventh in Jadeja’s absence. Apart from being a spin bowler, Ashwin can also excel with the bat.
When it comes to pacers, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Jaspreet Bumra and Mohammad Siraj have plenty of chances to get into the ring. Shardul, who is batting in eighth position, has played crucial innings. Not to mention how important Shami and Bumrah are in the bowling department. There is a competition between Mohammad Siraj and senior bowler Ishant Sharma for the last position. Hyderabadi pacer Siraj, who impressed with his amazing bowling prowess against Australia, England and New Zealand, is likely to play in the first Test.
TeamIndia Probable Eleven: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Chhateshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer / Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicket keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Siraj, Mohammad Shami, Jaspreet Bumra.