After a flop show in three-match T20I series against Proteas two weeks back, Virat Kohli and team have pulled up their socks to bounce back strongly in Test series. The hosting team India is all set to play three-match Test series against the powerful Proteas in their own den. The hosts will start their home season from October 2nd with the first Test series clash at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.
In the upcoming Test series battle, Indians faced a big blow before the commencement of the game. One of the finest pacers of Indian Cricket Team, Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out from the important series. He has sustained a minor stress fracture in his lower back during the practice sessions. As a result, he will not be available for the forthcoming fixture and Umesh Yadav will take his place in the game. Bumrah will now undergo rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.
Bumrah’s departure from the Indian squad will surely benefit Proteas in many ways. Now they can show their dynamic performance without any threat. The visitors are more than prepared to blast Indians in a very first Test battle with the help of young talents like Heinrich Klaasen, Theunis de Bruyn, and Zubayr Hamza. It will be interesting to see whether Bumrah-less Indians will be able to dominate strong opponents Proteas or will face a humiliating defeat at their home pitch.
India vs South Africa, Test schedule
- India vs South Africa, 1st Test: October 2nd- October 6th, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, 9:30 am (IST)
- India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: October 10th-October 14th, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, 9:30 am (IST)
- India vs South Africa, 3rd Test: October 19th-October 23rd, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, 9:30 am (IST)
Both India and South Africa have played 36 matches so far in Test cricket format. Out of these 36 matches, Proteas have won 15 encounters till date while India has come out with only 11 victories. Remaining 10 matches have been tied between both the teams. This means South Africa is leading the head-on-head records with a winning percentage of 41.66.
The bright sunny spells could be expected in the first clash of three-match Test series between India and South Africa at Visakhapatnam. There will be no light rain or thunderstorms for the first four days of this Test but on the fifth and the last day, heavy rain could play a spoilsport in the match.
In India, the first test match between the home team India and strong visitors South Africa will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Networks. While in South Africa the game will be telecasted live on SuperSport networks. On the other hand, the online live streaming of the match is available on Hotstar app and Hotstar.com.
Probable playing XI
India: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agrawal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami
South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (captain), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain), Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn/Heinrich Klassen, Keshav Maharaj, Dane Piedt, Lungi Ngidi, Vernon Philander, and Kagiso Rabada
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, and Shubman Gill
South Africa: Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis (captain), Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Zubayr Hamza, Vernon Philander, Heinrich Klaasen, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Anrich Nortje, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, and Senuran Muthusamy