The second Test in Bangalore between India and South Africa is under some serious threat owing to heavy rains and a potential thunderstorm. India’s ever energetic test skipper addressed a press conference some time ago and hinted towards changing the team combination for the second Test. When asked about the deterring overhead conditions, Kohli said, “We might not have a full game, so it is necessary to make a few changes. We will be making the necessary changes,” Kohli said.
Analyzing Kohli’s words, there’s no denial that there are a few changes to be taken for sure. The struggling Shikhar Dhawan could be given yet another chance, despite bagging a king pair in the first test. India’s top order is more or less settled with Vijay, Pujara, Kohli and Rahane constituting the Indian batting. Wriddhiman Saha will be behind the stumps and in all probability, bat at number 6.
Man of the Match of the first Test, Ravindra Jadeja will bat at number 7, with Ashwin following him. However, with imminent clouds looming over the ground, it might make sense to play an extra pacer. This means that Amit Mishra, despite having a good first test, will miss out. Mishra is bound to be replaced by Ishant Sharma, who will return to lead the Indian attack. Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron will retain their respective positions.
India’s probable XI for the second test:
1. M. Vijay 2. S. Dhawan 3. C. Pujara 4. V. Kohli 5. A. Rahane 6. W. Saha 7. R. Jadeja 8. R. Ashwin 9. I. Sharma 10. U. Yadav 11. V. Aaron