There is no stopping Team India at the moment who have won the last 11 Test series at home. The hosts are getting stronger with each game in the series and the skipper has hinted that they would not relax after the series win but play for the ICC Test Championship points on offer.
On the contrary, South Africa have been below par and are under the pump for not putting up a fight. The woes have increased with the leading spinner suffering shoulder injury. The tourists must play out of their skins to compete against rampant India at Ranchi Test.
Rest for quick bowler, Kuldeep a possibility
India look have all bases covered, although they may consider giving one of their quick rest. More so, Umesh Yadav’s impressive performance at Pune Test gives them the assurance to make the change. This brings Kuldeep Yadav in contention to feature.
IND Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma/Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav
Linde, Hamza in contention
South Africa’s concerns have doubled with Keshav Maharaj and Aiden Markram sidelined.
The visitors can try Lungi Ngidi for Anrich Nortje. George Linde can also come into the side with none of the slow bowlers on the tour making any sort of impact.
Zubayr Hamza is likely to come in for Aiden Markram.
SA Predicted XI: Zubayr Hamza, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Senuran Muthusamy/Dane Piedt, Vernon Philander, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi/Anrich Nortje
3rd Test, India vs South Africa
19-23 October at 9:30 AM
JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi