IND vs SA: Shardul and Vihari and Rahane will likely be chosen

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IND vs SA: Launch between Shardul Thakur and Hanuma Vihari or Ajinkya Rahane

In the test series opener against South Africa, starting on December 26, it will be interesting to see if skipper Virat Kohli takes the field with five fast pitchers, including the all-rounder Shardul Thakur or Ajinkya Rahane as additional hitters on the bouncy pitches. . It will give it a try.

A strong contender for the hitting option would also be Hanuma Vihari, who recently toured South Africa with the India A team.

The Indian team has been practicing at Centurion SuperSport Park for the past three days and Cricket South Africa (CSA) has given guests the opportunity to practice in the main stadium on the court. In SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia), the opportunity to practice in the main wicket before a test match is rarely available.

In a short video posted by bcci.tv, head coach Rahul Dravid mentioned the benefits of practicing on the main field, while middle-level hitter Shreyas Iyer talked about practicing on grass. Strategically, Kohli considers himself an aggressive captain and prefers to play test matches with five bowlers.

Left-hander Ravindra Jadeja offers a great option to hit in the seventh order, but in his absence, Shardul can take responsibility.

MSK Prasad, former president of the selection committee, said: “I think if the team goes with five pitchers, Shardul is the best option because he also gives the option to hit in the seventh order and we also have Ravichandran Ashwin.”

He said: “The place of four bowlers on the team is almost fixed, with the names of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ashwin and Mohammad Siraj coming in. I don’t think Ishant is preferred over Siraj given the current pace.”

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Centurion is a place that is situated at an altitude of 1300 meters above sea level. Here the bowlers can get tired quickly and in the case of four bowlers they are more likely to get tired. In the case of an additional hitter, the experienced Rahane’s claim will be stronger than Vihari’s.

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Vihari was not part of the New Zealand Test series held in India. He toured South Africa with Team A. He played three half centuries against South Africa A with scores of 54, 72 not out and 63 respectively. However, Rahane may have another chance to prove himself.

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