India vs South Africa Test Match Preview

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The Battle Of Number One And Number Two Test Teams 

India vs South Africa Test: Before the battle of Number 1 and Number 2 teams of Tests, both teams are not currently involved in mind games. The attitude of the Indian team is different this time from the last several tours. After Refused the practice match in Africa, Team Management has also given a message that their thinking about the preparation of Test series is different now. By taking four bowlers for the nets on this tour, the team has also indicated that their team can also start shocking the opposition team on tour. Before going, Captain Virat Kohli said, “On the tour we sometimes practice 2-3 sessions, which helps in preparing like a test match, we will practice this.

Coach Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri has an idea that the african can welcome India on fast and difficult pitches. But they have complete confidence in the team’s bowling, just like the team’s batting. Coach Shastri challenges, “If our batsmen are tough, then their batsmen will also be there.”
Coach Ravi Shastri says that India will play with the intention of winning the series for the first time. In such a situation the responsibilities of the Indian fast bowlers will also be important. After a long time, Team India is going to South Africa with five such pacers, which can be used for big betting. Many knowledgeable people consider it India’s fastest and effective pace battery.

Five bowlers In The Africa Tour

This time, on the tour, five bowlers with four pacers have got place in the team who has impressed everyone with their bowling in IPL or first-class cricket. On this tour, 17-member Team India along with Ankit Rajput of Uttar Pradesh (24 years, 38 wickets in first class matches, 121 wickets), Hyderabad. Bowlers like Siraj (23 years, 57 wickets in 15 first class matches), Madhya Pradesh’s Advesh Khan (21 years, 21 wickets in first class matches) and Kerala’s Thampi (24 years, 17 wickets in first class matches) Has been included. These bowlers will help the team in the nets and also get a different experience.

The 29-year-old Ishant Sharma has 226 wickets in 79 Tests. In Africa, his name is 12 wickets in 5 matches. Former Indian fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad is expecting him to play a bigger role. Prasad says, ‘Ishant has a decade of experience. This is the right time when they lead the Indian invasion. They have the speed, they have height, but they probably do not recognize their talents. They should play a lead role like Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan or Kapil Dev. ‘ They also believe that, “The pacers will definitely help on the bitter pitches of Africa.” But after playing in the domestic conditions, they will need to adapt themselves to the situation there.

Umesh Yadav, India’s fastest bowler, who has taken 99 wickets in 36 Tests, is also expected. But this is the first African tour of Bhuvneshwar kumar and Umesh Yadav. At the same time, 24-year-old Jaspreet Bumrah has not played any test till now. Shami has the experience of playing Test in South Africa in 2013. Four years ago in South Africa, Shami in two Test matches at an average of 43.83, with 6 wickets. Shami, who took 95 wickets in 27 test matches, is expected to perform better this time.

Captain Virat Kohli

The big thing is that Virat Kohli also won the title of Man of the match by scoring 119 and 96 in both innings. In the same Test, Cheteshwar Pujara scored 153 runs in the second innings. Virat feels that the experience of him and his fellow players will also be very useful on this tour. Captain Virat explains, “We were very excited about playing in South Africa in 2013, four years ago, we were ready to face the challenges at that time too, at that time their bowlers had more experience. We were close to winning the match in Johannesburg but we lost the match in Durban, we had done well in Tests. This time we also want to perform well and they were not able to achieve this time.”
From January 5, there is a turn to tighten the girdle of teams for testing the pitch in Cape Town. At present, there are reports of complain about the fitness of Shikhar Dhawan from the Indian camp, and even more than one player like Captain Faf du Plessis and Dale Steyn are not fully fit in the opposition camps. During the next 7-8 days, the fencing dressing room will continue to assess teams between news and speculation.

India vs South Africa Test Schedule

Date
Match
Time
Venue
Jan 5 to 9
India vs South Africa 1st Test
2 pm IST
Cape Town
Jan 13 to 17
India vs South Africa 2nd Test
1.30 pm IST
Centurion
Jan 24 to 28
India vs South Africa 3rd Test
1.30 pm IST
Johannesburg

India Test Squad Against South Africa

Virat Kohli(c), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Parthiv Patel, Jasprit Bumrah.

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