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Launch and teams
India won a crucial draw in Cape Town. The throw can play a crucial role in Newlands. Umesh Yadav replaces Siraj, injured.
South Africa (Game XI): Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne (w), Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi
India (Game XI): KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
Can Rishabh shoot?
“The idea has always been to sharpen the edges, not to take them off completely,” Prakash writes of the young Indian wicket hitter who recently came under scrutiny in the second test. Having starred at Gabba’s Junkyard around the same time last year, Pant would love to achieve something similar to help India make history again.
One of the best Indian cricketers was born 49 years ago. With over 24,000 international cricket points, Rahul Dravid has enjoyed tremendous success in his career scoring points all over the world. But even in his prime, there was one place he struggled like most of his teammates. He was only part of two test wins in South Africa and never a series victory. He would know better than anyone what it means to conquer this part of the world. And Tuesday, January 11, the quest to finally tick that box begins for Dravid and his troops.
Without AB de Villiers, India might have won in 2018. But that’s old history. This time around, they are definitely among the favorites after winning in Australia and England in 2021. Despite their experienced mid-order trio not delivering in unison, India has the bowling attack for dismantle the teams and we saw that in the opening test match. South Africa came back strong in the next test with skipper Dean Elgar leading the way and now putting together a tasty production decision.
The focus will undoubtedly be on the return of Virat Kohli. His presence on the pitch was definitely lacking when India was defending 240 but now that he’s back India will be much more confident heading into this game. But the bigger question is who will make way for the dumpster? It will be extremely hard to put Hanuma Vihari out of the way, but it looks like management will look into this call given Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara hit their 50s in the second test.
India will also miss the services of Mohammed Siraj in this decision. Expect Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav to take over. South Africa is not expected to make any changes and will once again rely on its pace of attack to build a platform. Dean Elgar called it the biggest test of the past 10 to 15 years. Will her troops rise up and achieve a commendable turnaround or will this Indian outfit finally make history? We will find out in the next few days. Welcome to the live blog for this final test of the series.