IND vs SA 2021, Centurion, 1st Test: Virat Kohli has chosen to bat first in the First Test against South African at Centurion. Rahane gets a life.
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have been handed another chance to redeem themselves. But this will be their last or second last chance as the queue is waiting behind them to take over.
Suryakumar Yadav, Priyank Panchal, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari are all waiting for their turn. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal will be opening the innings for India.
Wather report for IND vs SA 2021, 1st Test.
It has been learned that it rained last night but the sun is shining right now. A bit of cloud cover with showers is predicted for the afternoon.
The forecast suggests that this Test could not get a result due to rain in the upcoming days.
IND vs SA 2021, 1st Test, Playing 11.
India: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
South Africa: Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(w), Wiaan Mulder, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi.
Virat Kohli and Dean Elgar at the toss.
Virat Kohli: “We will bat first. Runs on the board playing away home have been our strength. The pitch tends to quicken up here on Day 2-3. Our success away from home started from the series we played here last time. A very challenging place to play. South African unit is always strong and they know the conditions. The prep has been wonderful. Quite lucky to get the center-wicket for practice. We are playing four bowlers and an all-rounder; Siraj, Shami, Bumrah, Ashwin, and Thakur is the all-rounder.”
Dean Elgar: “Nice and relaxed and looking forward to what is going to be a brilliant Test series. We had a good week’s camp in Johannesburg. We are prepared as best as we could. There’s a debutant in Marco Jansen. The tall left-arm bowler bowled well against India A. Mulder as an all-rounder. Kesh is our spinner. KG, Lungi, and Marco are the pacers.”