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Kohli Expected To Return In Series Decider

India might get a significant boost ahead of the final test in the final Test match against South Africa in Cape Town, with the skipper of the Test team Virat Kohli likely to be back.

The Indian cricket team may likely change a few things in its last fielding XI to play the 3rd

Test in South Africa, scheduled to start on January 11 at Cape Town.

 The hosts fell in the second test after South African skipper Dean Elgar displayed a

tremendous fight to assist the team in chasing down the 240-run goal. 

With Virat Kohli expected to return in the crucial match, several replacements could be in

the pipeline for India.

 The pacer Ishant Sharma could very well be the one to replace in the absence of

Mohammed Siraj. 

Regarding the batsmanship aspect, it’ll be interesting to know if the management decides

to go with Shreyas Iyer’s inclusion instead of an older batter in the middle order.

Here’s a glimpse of the possibility of the final XI for Team 

India for the 3rd Test:

Mayank AgarwalOpener Mayank is doing well during this tour and is predicted to be top

form in the final match. The opener has scored 113 wickets thus far, with 60 runs being his

best score.

KL Rahul: Rahul, who was captain of India during the 2nd Test, has seen an upswing on

this tour. He’s an average of 51.00 over four innings and is among the top scorers for India

with 200 runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara, The struggling Pujara, did not give up and played when all was lost

in favor of Team India in the second Test. His half-century, however, couldn’t help India

since the visitors fell in their second match.

Virat Kohli: Kohli may be considered in Hanuma Vihari and be the side captain following

his recovery from the back spasm that forced him to miss during the Johannesburg Test.

Ajinkya Rahane: Rahane’s half-century during the second match may have saved his spot

as the last team, as Rahane climbed his way to second place on the top players in the

current series.

Shardul Thakur: Thakur amazed all when he scored a seven-wicket haul in the opening

test of his second innings. He was also instrumental in establishing a challenging goal for

hosts to pursue.

Rishabh Pant: Wicketkeeper-batter Pant may be offered a second opportunity to salvage

his career despite taking an unintentional shot that even the Head coach Rahul Dravid

acknowledged at the press conference following the match.

Ravichandran Ashwin: Ashwin is not at par with the ball during this series taking just

three wickets in the two games played on pitches suited to speed. Ashwin scored 80 crucial

runs in just four innings as a batsman.

Ishant SharmaExperienced speedster Ishant could get a glimpse after India could not

control the ball during South Africa’s second innings of the first Test. Siraj was a player who

took an injury in Johannesburg to make a move.

Mohammed Shami: Shami has been one of India’s primary weapons on the bouncy South

African tracks and is currently at the top of the wicket-takers of the list by 11 wickets.

Jasprit Bumrah: Bumrah’s flamboyant opening spells have been an absolute sight to

behold while he’s continuing to take charge of the pace-bowling attack of the Indians.

 

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