KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, who scored brilliant centuries in the first match, will be Team India’s openers in the second Test. The start given by these players, who play with good mutual understanding, will be crucial for India in the match. Cheteshwar Pujara, who is currently in poor form, will get a chance in the team again. The player will bat at number three.
Captain Virat Kohli will play in the fourth position. Ajinkya Rahane will follow. Although not in good form, Rahane, like Pujara, has the support of team management. So don’t even think about getting Rahane out of the playing XI. Rishabh’s position as wicket-keeper is also secure.
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Five bowlers, Ashwin is the lone spinner
There are indications that India will play five bowlers in the second Test as in the first. Ravichandran Ashwin will be the only spinner in the team. He took 2 wickets in the first match.
4 people in the pace line
India are likely to field a four-man pace squad in the second Test as well as in the first. Jaspreet Bumra, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj and Shardul Thakur will be in the starting XI. India’s pace line-up performed brilliantly in the first Test.
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Wanderers India’s lucky ground
The Wanderers in Johannesburg are home to India’s best Test record in South Africa. India have played five Tests in South Africa since returning to international cricket in 1991 after being banned. The team won two of these and drew three.