IND vs SA Test Series: Because of these 2 players, there will be a lot of pressure on Ajinkya Rahane

Two Tests are being played on the occasion of this Boxing Day, but it is easy to guess which of them will be watched carefully. Considering the quality and seriousness of the game, the India-South Africa (IND vs SA) Test played in Centurion is much better than the England vs Australia (ENG vs AUS) Test of the MCG. This is proof that India is clearly the most entertaining team in the world right now.

Forget the off-field controversy for a while and divert your attention away from the discussion of who is lying and who is not paying attention to the field action. The biggest excitement for me is to see the pace bowling attack of both the teams. It is really sad that Anrich Nortje, whom I had a chance to watch closely while at Delhi Capitals, has been out of the series. But there are other people from our team (DC) of last season in which Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav will be present.

People often talk of watching pace bowling in Australia and England, but South Africa is also a country where one can guess about the first hour of play. The sight of the ball rolling in the air and bouncing off the pitch has always been a great promotion for Test cricket. So I can’t wait to sit on the couch and watch Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi make life difficult for the batsmen.

The first test match will be played at Centurion, which was 15 minutes away from Johannesburg’s business center, but with so much construction going on on the way, I can’t say for sure how long it will take to get there. Is.

I remember when I used to play matches at Centurion, it was a good pitch to bat on, probably the best in South Africa. Everyone expects the batsmen to play with a little patience in the beginning, yes there will be bounce, it is true. It will not be easy for the Indian batsmen as they are playing straight Test matches. It would have been better if he had got to play the practice match first, but it would be meaningless to expect such a thing in the era of Kovid. I have said that India can still beat South Africa which is still in transition. Team India under the leadership of Virat Kohli is in high spirits after registering victories in Australia and England in recent times, I can clearly say that India is the favorite team of this series.

There is definitely a tussle about which 11 players will play Test matches. KL Rahul will be the main player in India. He has had some classic batting in England where he has played restrained innings, he is full of ambition and looks quite relaxed at the crease. I have noticed that we were playing the ball late which is essential on seam and bouncing pitch. Hopefully we will get to see the same Rahul in South Africa as well. I am not sure about his opening partner Mayank Agarwal. He is in good form at the moment but can struggle as he bats with a high backlift. It will be interesting to see how he adapts himself according to the situation.

Both the players of Karnataka will have to do a good jugalbandi so that India gets a good start. There will be a lot of bounce in the first 15 to 20 overs, they will have to watch the patches crumble and strengthen from there. At number 3, I will defend Cheteshwar Pujara, his experience is as valuable as gold. Pujara will get full support from coach Rahul Dravid who is well aware of the number 3 position and such pitches. I hope Dravid will support him. Captain Virat Kohli should be at number 4, he is the champion. It will be interesting to see how his approach will be for the first time after Spit Captaincy.

Ajinkya Rahane will be the subject of another discussion. As much as I know Dravid well, I can say that he will include Rahane in the playing XI, everything depends on Kohli. If Rahane plays, he will be under a lot of pressure as Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari are standing behind him. This will be a big tour for Rahane. I am thinking of Rishabh Pant’s performance. He is an open-playing batsman who will play in the same way this time as well. He did not appear in good form in England but is returning fresh after the break. Pant is the match winner and can turn the match on his own.

Talking about the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin will definitely be there. I think it will be difficult for Dravid and Kohli to decide how to give chance to Ishant Sharma, he has a lot of experience. On the other hand there is Mohammad Siraj who brings variation in bowling. He can cast long and tight spells. My inclination is also about Shardul Thakur, India will play with 5 bowlers, with Ashwin he can join the team as a second all-rounder.

Whatever has happened between Virat Kohli and BCCI, due to that the second plot of this tour has been prepared automatically. We are going to watch every ball with great vigor. Who knows we are close to making history.

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