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5 Players to watch out for in the upcoming India vs South-Africa test series 

5 Players to watch out for in the upcoming India vs South-Africa test series
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Google)

5 Players to watch out for in the upcoming India vs South-Africa test series ∼ The much-awaited India versus South-Africa series is about to begin, presenting a perfect opportunity for Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and the team management to try different combinations in the side.

The current South-African team is not the strongest to visit India but given the fast bowlers they have in their side, Faf du Plessis will be optimistic about his team’s chances. Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi are quite capable to run through any batting line-up on their day. Spinner Keshav Maharaj too will be a vital figure as the left-arm spinner can be a handful on turning wickets.

Skipper Du-Plessis will be the core of the batting line-up along with Temba Bavuma. India will surely be firm favourites going into the series but the Proteas can’t be taken lightly. India’s series win in Australia last year showed the talent this team possesses.

Their recent series win in the West-Indies will boost their confidence ahead of the home series. It can be said that it will be India’s batting versus the South-African bowling. Both teams have got some fine players in their line-ups and it is expected to be an interesting contest. We take a look at 5 players from both sides who could be crucial for their respective sides.

5 Players to watch out for in the upcoming India vs South-Africa test series

# 1 Virat Kohli:-

Virat Kohli India tour of England 2018
India captain Virat Kohli would be hoping to turn the tables around when he leads India to England for Five-Match Test series in 2018. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

The skipper will once again be expected to call the shots as far as his aggressive style of play is concerned. Kohli can hammer any bowling outfit when he gets going and the South-African bowlers will need to work hard to dismiss him. Kohli has always been strong on both sides of the wickets, finding gaps effortlessly with his sublime cover-drives and wristy flicks.

The 30-year-old has shown the resolve to face any attack and has showcased his leadership with determination. Kohli has always shown fine balance and superlative footwork on bouncy wickets which is why he is considered one of the best batsman of the current generation.

#2 Ajinkya Rahane

 

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The vice-captain’s role will be instrumental in the middle-order and his presence will release the pressure of Virat Kohli. Known to be technically strong and gifted with fantastic hand-eye co-ordination, Rahane can adapt as per different situations. The 31-year-old can punish the bowlers with his powerful square-cuts and wonderful drives.

Rahane is equally strong while playing the pull shots and can judge the length of the ball quite nicely. The Mumbai batsman possesses a strong defence and can play the spinners well on turning wickets. Above all, Rahane has got the patience one requires to stay at the wicket especially in the longer format.

# 3 Faf-Du-Plessis

 

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis. (Photo by Steve Haag/Getty Images)

After the retirement of Hashim Amla, the onus of the South-African batting is on Du-Plessis. South-Africa’s batting will revolve around Du-Plessis form. The skipper’s role will become all the more important while playing on spin-friendly wickets as the right-hander can handle spin quite efficiently. Du-Plessis will be the core of the batting line-up alongside Dean Elgar.

Du-Plessis is a strong operator on both sides of the wicket and has got the temperament to play for a longer duration. Du-Plessis can break the rhythm of the bowlers with his unconventional stroke-play. The 37-year-old is known for his powerful back-foot punches and strong wristy flicks. Du-Plessis can dominate the spinners with his fine foot-work.

# 4 Kagiso Rabada

 

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Kagiso Rabada is a stalwart for South African cricket, says Jean Paul Duminy.

Kagiso Rabada’s role will be crucial along-with the experienced Vernon Philander. The 24-year-old possesses tremendous pace and accuracy, which can surprise the opposition batsmen.

Rabada is equally penetrative with his seam movements and has the knack of picking wickets during crucial situations. Rabada’s has impressed a lot with his length and swing but his bounce will surely test the Indian batsmen especially on fast wickets.

# 5 Ishant Sharma

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Delhi includes Ishant Sharma in the Ranji Trophy squad. Credit: Getty Images

An experienced campaigner, Ishant Sharma will be the leader of the Indian bowling line-up. The 31-year-old can trouble the batsmen with his deceptive pace and bounce. Ishant Sharma can unsettle the batsmen with his swing and seam movements.

Ishant Sharma’s experience will come in handy for Virat Kohli. Ishant Sharma can outfox the batsmen with his clever outswingers. Ishant Sharma can hit the deck hard and is a dangerous option with the new ball.

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