IND vs SA: India will go on to win the historic series against South Africa under the leadership of Virat Kohli

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IND vs SA India will go on to win the historic series against South Africa under the leadership of Virat Kohli

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  • The Third Test will begin on January 11
  • This test will be played in Cape Town
  • The three-game test series is tied 1-1

Cape Town. India will need the presence of charismatic captain Virat Kohli to bolster their campaign to win their first Test series at home against South Africa, but the hosts will also look to boost their morale after winning the second Test in the Test starting Tuesday. Kohli missed the second test in Johannesburg last week due to a sprained upper back and the Indian skipper is likely to play in the third and final test if he follows the prompts from the training session in Newlands. The three-game series is currently tied 1-1. The hosts would also like to be inspired by your performance in the second test.

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Kohli will play her 99th test on the occasion of her daughter’s first birthday. In such a situation, batter Kohli would like this match to be memorable for Captain Kohli, who has been facing a lot of pressure for some time. Winning the first test series in South Africa in three decades would undoubtedly establish Kohli’s name as the best captain in the country in the traditional format. For this, however, India will expect better performance from its hitters, who have not been performing to expectations for some time.

It will be important to score more than 300 in the first innings. There are players on the team whose mere presence gives the team a psychological advantage and Captain Kohli is one of those players. Whether hitting or fielding, Kohli’s presence on the field is enough to make the opposition uncomfortable. He may not have marked a century in two years, but his presence forces the opposing team to change strategy.

However, if you look at Kohli’s hitting over the past two years, unlike Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, he has faith in his hitting as long as he stays on the fold. After scoring an undefeated 40 in Johannesburg in two difficult innings, especially in the second inning, Hanuma Vihari may feel bummed and may have to find a place for the captain at the wing. Many experts have suggested that Kohli should avoid playing on drives or playing the kind of innings that Sachin Tendulkar made in 2004 when he didn’t play offside shots until he scored a double century against Brett Lee & Co in Sydney. But Kohli has her own way.

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If you look at practice on Sunday, he’s not shy away from playing coverage right now. Rishabh Pant has shown aggressiveness in recent months by stepping up and playing against fast pitchers, but it hasn’t helped him much. India will have to hit better against Kagiso Rabada, Duane Olivier, Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jensen on Newlands’ uneven field. India has never won a test match in Cape Town and three experienced middle-order hitters will have to do better than the Wanderers. Pujara and Rahane can stay in the XI of play after scoring half a century in the second inning of the second Test, but if they don’t make a significant contribution, it may be insufficient to save their careers.

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Scoring a half century is a positive sign, but failing to turn a good start into a great hundred is disappointing. Similarly, Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal will also have to get the team off to a good start against stormy South Africa bowling. Fast pitcher Ishant Sharma is also in the later stages of his career and Mohammad Siraj’s leg injury may give him a chance. For the past six months, he has been battling poor form and injuries. The nature of South African pitches and Ishant’s ability to throw maidens over six feet long make him a better choice than Umesh Yadav. The team, however, expects a better performance from Jasprit Bumrah, whose hit rate has declined after returning from a back injury. Dean Elgar, Resie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma were not bothered by Bumrah with his short pitches and would like to improve his performance.

The teams are as follows: India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Sahane, Wriddhiman Jayant Yadav, Priyank Panchal, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, and Ishant Sharma.

South Africa: Dean Elgar (captain), Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Irvi, Beuran Hendrix, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Viaan Mulder, Keegan Pietersen, Rasi van der Dusen, Kyle Verne, Marco Jensen, Glenton Sturman, Prenelan Subraine, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton, Duane Olivier.

Hours: The game will begin at 2 pm IST.

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