The Indian Cricket Control Board (BCCI) on Monday announced an 18-man team for India’s upcoming three-match test series against South Africa, starting December 26th. While Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul return to the team after losing both. Tests against New Zealand, such as Ravindra Jadeja, Shubman Gill and Axar Patel were not available for selection due to injury and are currently in the rehabilitation phase. With Rohit, who was named vice-captain of the event, and Rahul back on the team, there has been a lot of talk about India’s starting combination.
When asked who should open the baptism for India in South Africa, former batsman Aakash Chopra said that Rohit and Rahul will continue to open the tickets for India despite the master class of baptism of India. Mayank Agarwal against New Zealand in the second test.
“The RR duo (Rohit and Rahul). Mayank Agarwal has certainly increased his actions, but he will have to wait. Rohit and Rahul will continue as they did very well in England. I hope they do well,” Chopra said. he answered during a question and answer session on his YouTube channel.
“If you want to win the series in South Africa, the first ones will be key. There are some problems in the middle order that are likely to remain. But if the first ones do well, India’s job will be a lot easier.” he said. added.
With Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara going through a difficult patch in the longest format of the game, Chopra was also asked if the veteran batsmen would find a place in the XI game.
In response, he said: “Cheteshwar Pujara will retain his place in the starting eleven. If you look at some of his recent shots, he has scored some runs.
“I’m not sure about Ajinkya Rahane. If Virat Kohli decides to go with the same composition: 5 batsmen, 5 bowlers and a goalkeeper in Pant, I don’t see Rahane in the eleventh game. I don’t think we can leave Shreyas “I am also considering Hanuma Vihari. At this point I will choose the performance above the reputation,” he concluded.
The first test will be played from Boxing Day on December 26 at Centurion’s SuperSport Park.
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