Earlier, the first match of the T20 series had to be abandoned due to rain. The series ended in a 1-1 draw. India won the ODI series under the leadership of KL Rahul. The Test series consists of two matches.
The Indian team will be announced according to the situation of the first Test. The chances of landing two spinners are slim. In that case, superstar R Ashwin is likely to be dropped. Ashwin has been in brilliant form in Tests but if a spinner is fielded then Ravindra Jadeja will play as well.
Conditions in South Africa favor the pacers. Four pacers will be in the Indian line-up. Jaspreet Bura, Mohammad Siraj and Mukesh Kumar are sure to play. Shardul Thakur is likely to come as the fourth pacer. When Shardul and Jadeja are there, India will have more confidence in batting as well.
India’s batting line-up is different. Batters like Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have been excluded from India’s Test. Young star Yashaswi Jaiswal will be the opener along with Rohit Sharma. Shubman Gill is likely to play at number three and Virat Kohli at number four. Shreyas Iyer will come in at number five and KL Rahul in the role of wicket keeper.
South Africa’s hope lies in the strength of pace. The team has recalled all the players who were rested in the ODIs. Skipper Tempa Bavuma is also playing in the Test. As the series is a part of the Test Championship, it is crucial for both the teams.
India’s probable playing XI is as follows: Rohit Sharma (captain), Yashaswi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wicket keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Mukesh Kumar.
South Africa Probable Playing XI: Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma (captain), Aidan Markram, Keegan Pietersen, Tony De Sorsi, Kyle Vereyne (wicket keeper), Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Gerald Kutsi, Andre Burger.
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