India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma & Co hope to end 31-year wait for Test series win in South Africa – Times of India

India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma & Co hope to end 31-year wait for Test series win in South Africa - Times of India

Rohit Sharma On November 19, the ODI World Cup final saw the heartbreak of a lifetime. But they are determined to overcome the memories of that defeat and give India their first Test series win on South African soil in 31 years.
The upcoming two-match Test series is about to begin. Boxing Daymarks India’s ninth series in South Africa since 1992, and captain Rohit has been dubbed the team’s ‘final frontier’ with a challenging task to conquer.

However, the start of action at the SuperSport Park is dependent on the heavy rains for the first two days abating.

The Centurion track, known for its variable bounce and high speed, promises an enthralling contest between bat and ball on an open field in the cold and windy conditions where the ball can behave unpredictably.

In the 50-over World Cup, Rohit got a chance to emulate Kapil Dev and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Still, if he and his team can win this Test series, it will put them above their predecessors.
It is noteworthy that cricketers like Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul DravidMS Dhoni and Virat Kohli won Test matches in South Africa but failed to win the series.
Rohit faces a challenging task, and a series win could act as a soothing balm to the World Cup wounds, though the scars will remain.
For the golden generation of Indian cricketers, this tour represents their last African safari and a chance to achieve what no other team has in the last eight tours.

To face Temba BuomaSouth Africa face India with a formidable pace attack, capable of putting the young Indian batsmen under severe pressure. Yashaswi Jaiswal has his first big challenge especially against bowlers like Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngadi, Marco Johnson and Gerald Coetzee. The increasing bounce and variable nature of the pitch will raise questions.
Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer, who have excelled on sub-continental pitches, will have to raise their game in tougher batting conditions. Iyer, known for his sensitivity to the short ball, needs to do something unusual.
Coach Rahul Dravid encourages Jaiswal and Gill to maintain their style but stresses the importance of developing awareness of the game and adapting to situations.
“We encourage the players to play (the way) they feel most comfortable. In the end they are judged by their results. They know that,” Dravid said. said

But this freedom comes with a rider.
“We want to encourage them the way they play but keeping in mind the conditions and playing in South Africa they have to have some strategy.
“The nature of the ball, how it behaves in 80 overs, the shots it plays before and after. I think it’s about finding the balance between being cricket intelligent, reading the game and understanding the situation. , and of course to allow themselves to express themselves., They make smart decisions,” the coach said on Christmas Eve.
However, when it comes down to it, India’s performance depends on three key factors: the captain’s skill at hook and pull shots, Virat Kohli’s choice not to touch balls outside the off-stump and the team’s ability to compensate. capability of. Absence of Mohammad Shami

Mukesh Kumar has shown promise during the practice sessions with a quick bowling style, but the presence of extra bounce favors Prasad Krishna’s case.
Bauma’s batting prowess, the retiring Dean Elgar, the stylish Aiden Markram, the exciting Tony De Zorzi, and the steadfast Keegan Pietersen are a strong unit that can make the Indian bowlers work hard.
KL Rahul playing the role of wicket keeper added another layer to the game. The team management’s decision to assign Rahul the ‘keeping duty’ can be interpreted in two ways.
On the positive side, it reflects confidence in his wicket-keeping skills in 50-over cricket, with the hope that he can sustain it for the full 90 overs in a day.

A less optimistic view suggests sheer desperation to avoid losing an extra batsman in Ayer. It also ignores the bigger picture, in which Rahul Ravichandran could struggle against Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja at home against England in a month’s time, assuming Ishan Kishan returns from his mental health break. have not come
Another away Test match could see Ashwin sit out once again due to the combination of conditions and team.
At SuperSport Park, it usually takes three and a half to four days to get the results. If the toss takes place on the second day after a washout on the first day, batting first becomes an exceptionally challenging proposition.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Yashwi Jaiswal, Shibman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wt), Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Parsed Krishna, KS Bharat (wt). , Abhimanyu Iswaran (2nd Test)
South Africa: Temba Bauma (c), Aidan Markram, Tony De Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Keegan Pietersen, Kyle Vereen (wk), Tristan Stubbs (wk), Nandre Berger, Marco Johnson, Wian Mulder, Gerald Coetzee, Kesho Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Langi Ngidi, David Bedingham

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