SA vs IND: Why is Virat Kohli Not Playing Today?

Updated on: Jan 3, 2022 1:33 pm IST

  • Virat Kohli Not Playing Today SA vs IND 2021

    Virat Kohli Not Playing SA vs IND 2021: In a big breaking news, Indian captain Virat Kohli is not playing the second Test match against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg starting from 3 January. Team India are already leading the three-match Test series by 1-0 margin due to their staggering performance in the first Test match where the visitors registered a convincing 113-run victory. Incidentally, India is yet to lose a Test match against South Africa at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

    Why is Virat Kohli Not Playing Today?

    It is a massive blow for the Indian team as Virat Kohli is not available for the second Test match against South Africa due to upper back spasm. In his absence, KL Rahul has been appointed as the stand-in captain while Jasprit Bumrah will be the vice-captain. While talking about the India playing 11, right-handed batter Hanuma Vihari will replace Virat Kohli. India have won the toss and opted to bat first in this second Test match.

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    “Unfortunately Virat has had an upper back spasm, the physios are working on him and hopefully he’ll recover for the next Test. It is every Indian player’s dream to captain his country. Really honoured and looking forward to this challenge. We have had a few good wins here and hopefully we’ll look to continue that. Hanuma Vihari comes in place of Virat. Just the one change. It was a good Test at Centurion overall. We really performed well as a team and are really excited about this match,” said stand-in captain KL Rahul during the toss.

    India Playing 11 (Confirmed)
    KL Rahul
    Mayank Agarwal
    Cheteshwar Pujara
    Ajinkya Rahane
    Hanuma Vihari

    Rishabh Pant
    Ravichandran Ashwin
    Shardul Thakur

    Mohammed Shami
    Jasprit Bumrah
    Mohammed Siraj

    Related: India vs South Africa 2021 Schedule

    SA vs IND 2nd Test LiveĀ 

    The host South African team have also made two changes to their playing 11 from the last game in Centurion. Quinton de Kock announced a sudden retirement from Test cricket recently and thus, Kyle Verreynne is the wicket-keeper batter while right-arm speedster Duanne Olivier has come in for Wiaan Mulder.

    SA Playing 11 (Confirmed)
    Dean Elgar
    Aiden Markram
    Keegan Petersen

    Rassie van der Dussen
    Temba Bavuma
    Kyle Verreynne
    Marco Jansen
    Keshav Maharaj

    Kagiso Rabada
    Duanne Olivier
    Lungi Ngidi

    Related: India ODI Squad for SA vs IND 2021


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