new Delhi: On wednesday this week India and South Africa The Test series is starting between This time by team india Rohit Sharma Has given the responsibility of opener. Rohit is being discussed everywhere. Rohit will open for Test Team India for the first time. but Team India captain Virat Kohli Is focused on strengthening its lead in the World Test Championship. Earlier, South Africa won the hearts of all by winning the last Test after trailing 0-2 in the series. The team also received many lessons from this series.
Went to South Africa
Last year, in the beginning of 2018 itself, under the captaincy of Virat, Team India toured South Africa where the team had to play a series of three Tests for the first time. Before the series, the challenge before Virat was to prove that Team India had the responsibility to prove Indian batting better on foreign pitches. In this series, Virat Kohli won the hearts of all with his batting and captaincy.
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The series was for bowlers
As expected in that series, Team India had a tough fight with the South African bowlers, but the bowlers of Team India also took advantage of the conditions well. The only difference between the two teams was batting where the batting of the hosts was better. In the first two Tests, the hosting team managed to win but in the third test the team could not save their defeat.
Virat was India's biggest scorer in the series
In this series of three Test matches, Virat Kohli had scored a century and a half century. In the series, Virat Kohli scored 286 runs at an average of 47.66 and a strike rate of 60.21. His highest score was 153 runs in the second Test. Virat was India's highest scorer in three out of six innings of the series. While was once the second highest scorer.
Team India batsmen disappointed in first Test
In the first Test, Team India bowled South Africa for 286 runs in the first innings. In response, Team India were bowled out for 209 runs. In the second innings, when the hosts were dismissed for 130, then the match went to the hosts in favor of Team India for only 135 runs. But this created a stir in the South African camp that Team India cannot be taken lightly.
Shine could not win over Virat in second test
In the second Test, South Africa scored 335 runs and on the basis of Virat's 153 runs, Team India scored 307 runs. In the second innings, South Africa scored 258 runs and Team India got a target of 287. This time Team India were bowled out for 151 runs and lost by 135 runs. The biggest difference in this match remains Virat Kohli. It is said that if Virat was not out for 5 in this match, then the match could have gone in favor of Team India.
Team India dominates in the third test
The bowlers continued to dominate in the third Test as well, but this time Team India managed to put South Africa on 194 after being dismissed for 187 in the first innings. In the second innings, Team India scored 247 runs and gave South Africa a target of 241 runs. Here the hosts proved to be weak and were reduced to only 177 runs, which gave Team India a 63-run win. With this series, Virat had at least proved that Team India is capable of challenging every team in the world at its home.
Things are different in India
Now the situation will be different in India because there will not be fast pitches in Visakhapatnam, Pune and Ranchi. If the role of spinners is important, then the patience and discipline of the batsmen will be tested. It will be interesting to see how Virat is able to create difficulties for South Africa this time.
Indian team: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice Captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Riddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jaspreet Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill