Indian Captain Virat Kohli Won The Toss, Decided To Bat First
India vs South Africa 3rd and final test of the 3 Test series between is going to start in Johannesburg starting from 1.30 pm today. Team India, on the tour of South Africa, lost by 135 runs in the Centurion Test after which Kohli and Company lost the 3 matches series to 0-2. Earlier, in the first Test played in Cape Town, India lost by 72 runs. Team India will face the challenge of saving the whitewash now after the series lost two consecutive defeats. Looking at India’s current form this is not easy, but so far in Johannesburg, the team’s unbeaten record is giving them a comfort.
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Now The Fear Of The First Whitewash
After losing the Ind vs SA first two Test defeat in the captaincy of Virat Kohli and winning consecutive 9 Test series, India is now facing the threat of whitewash. If India loses the match in this Test match played in Johannesburg, then this will be the first whitewash in the captaincy of Kohli. Not only that, India has never lose a White Wish till date, i.e. a record can also be the name of Kohli’s No. 1 team. No one would have expected that after two test matches, the best side of the Test will thus be in danger of whitewash. In the 90’s, the relatively weak Indian team had never suffered a whitespace, in such a situation, if the number one ranking team is cleared in the Tests, it would be embarrassing.
Johannesburg Is Wonderful For India
However, if there is something going on in India’s favor, then it is the figure of the field, which has so far been disappointing in the series, India and the players are giving a spirit of confidence before the match. Team India has so far played 4 Tests on this ground, winning 1 and having 3 draws, i.e. India has never lost to the ground. Kohli’s army would like to keep this figure in place in this Test starting from today.
3 Different Wicket keepers In 3 Matches
After injury to Riddhimaan Saha, the problem of wicket keeping is very troubling for India; Parthiv Patel was given the opportunity to replace him in the second Test. But he disappointed, Dinesh Karthik has been included instead of Saha and he is hopeful that in Johannesburg, Patel will replace Karthik Playing XI. If this happens then in Indian cricket history it will be the first time in the last 57 years that three different wicketkeepers have played in three consecutive atches of a series.
Pitch And Weather Report
Johannesburg is considered to be different from the pitch Centurion but like the Cape Town itself, it is being described as the best for fast bowlers. There is not much difference in pitch and outfield, meaning that there is good and green grass on the pitch. If the pitch curator believes, then he has no intention of cutting it. At the same time, the possibility of rain cannot be denied during the Test match that means the atmosphere will be completely spoiled by the fast bowlers. Hopefully the winning captain will like to bowl first on this pitch. Remind you that so far South Africa have won the toss in both Test matches of this series and have decided to bat first, but the captain who won the toss in Johannesburg can decide the first ball.
A Look At Both Of The Teams On The Probable XI
If Team India, which is facing defeat in Cape Town and Centurion, has faced the most criticism for anything, then it is Playing XI. In the first two Tests, Virat Kohli kept Ajinkya Rahane out, and in the second Test, Ishant Sharma replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the team and surprised everyone. One thing that is clearly visible in Johannesburg is that both Rahane and Bhuvneshwar can return. Ajinkya Rahane’s arrival means that one of the Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and R Ashwin will have to sit out. So Juspritt Bumrah can be shown the way out for Bhuvneshwar, as well as it is believed that instead of Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Karthik will play the wicketkeeper in this match.
Seeing the hosts, if the hosts were to watch the pitch, Faf du Plessis has indicated that instead of spinner Keshav Maharaj, allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo can get the chance in this match. But due to injury, there is suspense on the opening batsman Aiden Markram’s play, in the morning of the match it will be decided whether Markram will play or not.
India (Playing XI): Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Parthiv Patel(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa (Playing XI): Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Lungisani Ngidi