India and South Africa will take on one another in the first Test in Visakhpatnam as both teams look for a positive start.
The last time the two sides featured in Test cricket was when India toured to South Africa.
The South Africans ended up winning the series 2-1 at home, however, with India being the hosts this time around, South Africa will have to work twice as hard.
Date- Wednesday, October 2
TIme- 9:30 AM (IST)
Venue- ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Vishakapatnam
India Team News
After beating Windies 2-0 away from home, Team India finds itself at the top ICC Test Championship table with 120 points.
Virat Kohli has recently confirmed that Wridhiman Saha will be back in the playing eleven after more than a year as he had undergone shoulder surgery.
Rishabh Pant will have to sit out the first Test against South Africa.
Rohit Sharma will finally get the opportunity to open the innings in whites along with Mayank Agarwal as KL Rahul has been dropped from the Test squad.
Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav.
Here is the playing eleven for Team India for the first Test as confirmed by BCCI.
Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Md Shami
South Africa Team News
This will be South Africa’s first-ever game of the recently introduced ICC Test Championship.
Faf du Plessis will be back to lead the squad in place of Quinton de Kock, who led the side in the T20I series versus India
Keshav Maharaj and Dane Piedt will be the two front line spinner for South Africa in the upcoming Test series.
While du Plessis will have to decide between Lungi Ngidi and Vernon Philander as to who makes the cut in the playing eleven.
South Africa, unlike India, hasn’t named its playing eleven for tomorrow. But here’s how the possible eleven may look like.
South Africa (Squad)
Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Faf du Plessis (C), Temba Bavuma, Zubayr Hamza, Quinton de Kock (WK), Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi/Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, , Heinrich Klaasen, Senuran Muthusamy, Anrich Nortje.
South Africa Possible Playing Eleven
Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Faf du Plessis (C), Temba Bavuma, Zubayr Hamza, Quinton de Kock (WK), Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The weather at Vizag looks good enough for play to take place. However, there is a chance of rain on Day 2 of the Test, but it is being considered as a passing shower with little effect.
The one Test that has taken place in Vishakapatnam was between India and England in 2016. In that Test, the spinners dominated the game as they picked 25 wickets out of 40. That being said, the spinners are once again expected to put in a shift.
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara will be expected to replicate their performances as they did against England at the same venue. Both sets of batsmen scored a century the last time they played at Vizag,
With this being Hanuma Vihari’s home ground, one can expect that Vihari accumulates the runs, especially while keeping his recent form in mind. The middle-order batsman is on the back of a maiden Test hundred and has an average of 60 in first-class cricket at this venue.
Ravichandran Ashwin will finally get game time and will have a thing or two to prove with his right arm spin. Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja have enjoyed bowling in tandem, especially against South Africa with the duo taking 54 wickets off 70 the last time India hosted the Proteas.
For South Africa, either of the spinners in the form of Keshav Maharaj and Dane Piedt can prove to be vital at this wicket.
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