Rest for Dhoni and Kohli back to business. After losses in T20 and ODI series, India now lock horns with South Africa for the Paytm Test Series (Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Freedom Series). Watch the action live on your mobile through HotStar app and catch it live on TV through Star Sports HD TV network with live Hindi and English commentary. If you wish to watch live cricket streaming online, visit Star Sports official website in India.
Too much of limited overs cricket and teams play less number of test matches. This has been pretty regular for all the teams around the world. Almost a month long limited overs cricket would certainly result in some rustiness. But we believe by the end of first test, the players would get into the groove for longer version. A total of four test matches would be played in this series.
Virat Kohli took charge from Dhoni when he retired from test cricket. Since then Virat has seen a good amount of ups and downs. The best part of his captaincy has been his positive intent which was very much evident against Australia and Sri Lanka. He won a test series in Sri Lanka which was a big achievement for the team after a long time. His captaincy has never been tested at home as this happens to be his first test series as a captain in India.
Virat Kohli might face a confusion in terms of team composition. Generally he prefers to go with five bowlers or at times he goes ahead with four bowlers and an all rounder. This would affect the batting line up. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are regular limited over players in the team. They have also faced the South African bowling in T20 and ODI series. Cheteshwar Pujara is a regular face in India's test team and he also scored a ton in last test against Sri Lanka. If Kohli plays with five bowlers, which two batsmen will he select? Will it be Rahane and Pujara or will he go with Rohit and Rahane?
Indians have generally dominated visitors by pitching in good spinners and pitches supporting spin more than pace. While Indian captain would be eager to have atleast two good spinners in his team, he would also expect spin friendly pitches. And South Africans are well aware of this fact that the ball can turn a lot right from day one or two! They are mentally prepared for that.
R Ashwin would again be the ace in the Indian bowling line up. He seems to be fit for the first test and that would be good news for Virat Kohli. He would anyhow be eager to register his maiden test win on Indian soil. Above that, he would love to win a test series at home and that too against a team as strong as South Africa.
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