IND v SA: India May Enter First Test With Five Bowlers, Hints KL Rahul

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IND v SA: India May Enter First Test With Five Bowlers, Hints KL Rahul


  • India has never won a test series in South Africa.
  • KL Rahul admits that it is difficult to decide between Rahane and Iyer for number 5.

Centurion. The test series between India and host South Africa will start from December 26. It has not yet been revealed which XI India will play in this match, but Indian vice captain KL Rahul indicated on Friday that the team will stick to a five-pin strategy in the first test against South Africa. However, he admitted that it would be difficult to decide between Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer for number five.

India has been training here for a week before the test series starting on Sunday and the new deputy captain feels a good start is needed to set the pace in South Africa, where they have never won a test series.

When asked if feeding four bowlers becomes a workload management issue for the team (which could lead to the addition of an additional batter to the lineup), he answered yes. Rahul said during the interaction with virtual media: “Each team wants to take 20 wickets to win a test match. We have also used this strategy and it has helped us in all the matches we have played abroad.,

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The senior starter clarified that he will play the fourth fast pitcher, said: “Five pitchers also make it a bit easier to handle the workload and when you have that kind of skill (on the Indian team) I think we can use it too. With Shardul Thakur getting ahead of senior bowler Ishant Sharma with his excellent hitting skills, it may mean that only one among Iyer, Rahane and Hanuma Vihari can stand a chance as Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant will be selected. .

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Rahul said: “It is definitely difficult to make a decision. Speaking of Ajinkya, he has been an important member of the test team who has played very important innings in his career.“ He has played some big innings in the last 15 to 18 months. That association with Pujara at Lord’s was very important for us to win the Test Match.

“Shreyas definitely jumped at his chance and scored a sparkling century with half a century in Kanpur and he’s excited. Hanuma has done the same for us as well, so it will be a difficult decision.

(With inputs from Bhasha)


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