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Why Gautam Gambhir is ‘batting’ for Umesh instead of Shardul in Wanderers, reason given


  • India beat South Africa by 113 runs in Centurion Test
  • At Wanderers, India have won 2 out of 5 Tests while 3 were drawn.
  • Umesh can wreak havoc with his bowling in Johannesburg Test

New Delhi
Former Indian cricket team opener Gautam Gambhir has advocated the inclusion of fast bowler Umesh Yadav in the playing XI in the second Test against South Africa (IND vs SA 2nd Test). The second Test match between India and South Africa will be played from Monday at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

The Wanderers pitch has grass and the conditions here are conducive to Umesh’s bowling. In such a situation, Umesh can put the host batsmen in trouble with his bowling on this wicket. Johannesburg’s pitch helps fuller length bowlers, hence the Indian bowlers get the advantage.

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Gambhir wrote in his column in the Times of India, ‘Personally, I would like to include Umesh in the playing XI instead of Shardul Thakur. Umesh’s speed control is the strength that Kohli needs. Umesh Yadav can prove to be more lethal on the Wanderers pitch. Umesh bowls with fuller length and good pace.

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The former Team India opener said that Ajinkya Rahane managed to save his place in the team for the second Test by scoring 48 runs in the first innings of the Centurion Test. Gautam says that he would love to see Cheteshwar Pujara at number three. Regarding Virat Kohli, Gautam says that he will have to avoid the balls going outside the off-stump and spend more and more time at the crease.

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India has played 5 test matches at Wanderers
The Indian cricket team has played 5 test matches at the Wanderers where they have won 2 and drawn 3 tests. The South African team has played 42 Test matches here where they have won 18 and lost 13 Tests. 11 Tests have been drawn.