India has completed six tours to the African nation after their re-introduction in the international cricket in 1992 and guesses what? They didn't even manage to win a single series while the proteas wining 5 of them, But this Indian side looks stronger than ever under a new leader enjoying the streak of winning 9 consecutive test matches. India is touring South Africa for a long lasting series including three test, six ODIs, and three T20 and the most challenging one will be the first test as they on a streak of winning consecutive nine tests up against the mighty Proteas and their green tracks for the tenth one. The first test will be played at Newlands, Cape Town from January 5-9, So it is going to be a battle field out there in Cape Town as South Africa are ready with their revenge from the team which ambushed them on their backyard on tour in 2015.
India Vs South Africa 2nd Test Match Preview
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2nd India Vs South Africa Test Match Preview : A wounded Indian Side Is Back For The Revenge at Centurion
The Indian side after losing their first game of the three-match test series against the Proteas made their stint clear of coming with a more lethal and positive approach in the training ground at the Supersport Park, Centurion. Centurion's track is greener than ever and seems to be a bigger challenge than the first test for the Virat Kohli led side, and the Indian side seems to be concerned with short ball strategy of the Proteas. The biggies Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Cheteswar Pujara were all spotted at the nets facing the short balls, whereas Kl Rahul was spotted facing the nets and is quite surely replacing Shikhar Dhawan for the second test. South Africa on the other hand also struggled in the batting department and are not going to take the Indian side lightly.
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South African Team Strategies :
A bit of changes are expected in both the sides that played against each other at Newlands, however the biggest issue for the Proteas is Dale Steyn as the lethal pacer is out of the series after an injury. Two pacers Lungi Ngidi(Uncapped) and Duanne Olivier(leading wicket-taker of last Sunfoil Series) have been included in the squad for the second test and one of them is believed to make it in the starting 11. Chris Morris can prove to be a good addition to both the departments of batting and bowling.
Indian team Strategies :
Shikhar Dhawan seems to be the biggest concern for the Indian side as the opener failed to prove in both the innings, KL Rahul is believed to be the possible replacement for the left-hander. Ajinkya Rahane's rejection in the first test has raised many eyebrows as the batsmen has impressive away record and he can bag a spot above Rohit Sharma in the second test, while the experienced duo of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav can be tried in the Centurion test.
When and where to watch the India Vs South Africa Test Match Series
The 2nd Test between South Africa and India will be broadcast live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD and Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD.Time – 02:0
First Test Jan 5-9 (01:30 IST) Newlands, Cape Town,
Second Test Jan 13-17 (01:30 IST) Centurion, Pretoria,
Third Test Jan 24-28 (01:30 IST) Wanderers, Johannesburg
India Cricket Team Players :
Virat Kohli(c), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Parthiv Patel, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa Cricket Team Players :
Faf du Plessis(c), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn
Key Players And Their Achievements
Kohli last year scored 1059 runs from 10 Tests at an average of 75.64 and seems to be prepared for the upcoming challenge.
Ab De Villiers
The Mr.Perfect of Cricket is back to the South African side after an injury and is the always the biggest threat on the ground.
The lethal South African pacer is returning from injury can play a huge role in giving his side a perfect bowling attack.
The second highest run-getter of 2017 after Steve Smith scoring a mighty 1140 runs at an average of 67.05 is one of the biggest threats to the South African team.
He was the most successful South African bowler last year by taking 57 wickets from 11 matches, Rabada is currently world no. 2 test bowler.
Take a look at some striking facts before the sides collide :
- India has never won a series against the Proteas in South Africa, This is the first time since 2013 that India has traveled to South Africa for a Test series.
- India managed only a single test win in the last seven encounters between the two played at South Africa (W4 D2), Number of test matches India has won in South Africa is 2 the joint least matches won by India in a country.
- The Proteas haven't lost a Test in South Africa against any side since January 2016 (vs England, W8 D1 since)
- 11.76 India’s win percentage in South Africa, 2nd worst after Pakistan (7.69%)
- India is currently enjoying a nine-game unbeaten run on the road in Test cricket (W7 D2); they only lost one Test overall in 2017, winning seven times and drawing on three occasions.
- Only one batsman (Steve Smith, 1,305) scored more Test runs during 2017 than Cheteshwar Pujara; he posted 1,140 runs at an average of 67 last year.
- Umesh Yadav (99) and Mohammed Shami (95) are both chasing a 100 Test wickets haul for their country.