India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Second Test – India’s Predicted XI

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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Second Test – India’s Predicted XI 

India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Second Test – India’s Predicted XI
India national cricket team (Image Credit: Google)

The hosts India will play the second Test of the three-match Test series against the visitors South Africa from this Thursday (10th October). Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Pune) is set to host this upcoming Test match.

They played the opening Test of this series at Visakhapatnam. India dominated in that game from the very first morning and clinched a series-leading victory by 203 runs. The hosts are currently leading this series by 1-0 with two matches to go.

Before the upcoming Pune Test match, here is the predicted XI of the Indian national cricket team for that game.

Mayank Agarwal

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Mayank Agarwal (Image Credit: Twitter)

The 28-year-old Mayank Agarwal made an impressive start in Test career during the last Australia tour in 2018/19. Latest Visakhapatnam Test was his first Test in India, and in the first innings of that game, he scored his maiden Test century by scoring giant 215 runs. However, in India’s second innings, he scored just seven runs but that didn’t put a scratch on his first innings performance.

Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Google)

There is no doubt in Rohit Sharma’s place as an opener for the upcoming Test match. However, he had no secure position in Test cricket before the previous Visakhapatnam Test. In that Visakhapatnam Test, Rohit shattered many top records as a Test opener after scoring twin centuries. The right-handed batsman scored 176 and 127 runs in that game and expectedly won the Player of the Match award.

Cheteshwar Pujara

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Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credit: AFP)

The 31-year-old Cheteshwar Pujara was in golden form with the bat in the last season (2018/19). However, he didn’t make a good start in this season as he was totally out of touch during the recent Caribbean tour where he scored 2, 25, 6 and 27 runs respectively. In the Visakhapatnam Test, Pujara scored six runs in the first innings but also scored the crucial 81 runs during India’s second innings.

Virat Kohli (Captain)

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Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Google)

Indian captain Virat Kohli scored 20 and unbeaten 31 runs in the Visakhapatnam Test. He had very limited opportunities with the bat in that game, but he lost his wicket cheaply in the first innings. Though the no.2-ranked Test batsman is still in good form, he is surely desperate at present to hit a Test century which he last time did in the middle of December 2018.

Ajinkya Rahane

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Ajinkya Rahane (Image Credit: Google)

The Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has returned to the form with the bat during the West Indies tour in last August-September. In the Visakhapatnam Test, Rahane had very limited opportunities as he scored 15 and 27*.

Hanuma Vihari

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Hanuma Vihari (Image Credit: Google)

The 25-year-old Hanuma Vihari hugely impressed during India tour of West Indies in last August-September. He finished as the leading run-scorer in that tour. While the top-orders dominated in the latest Visakhapatnam Test, Vihari only batted in the first innings and scored 10 runs.

Wriddhiman Saha (wk)

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Wriddhiman Saha (Image Credit: Getty Images)

During the Visakhapatnam Test, the 34-year-old wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has returned to the playing XI in the national team after more than one-and-a-half year. While he batted only in the first innings in his comeback Test, he scored 21 runs before losing his wicket. However, he has mostly satisfied with his wicketkeeping skills.

Ravindra Jadeja

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Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

The all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is performing very well since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He scored the crucial 30* and 40 runs in the Visakhapatnam Test. Moreover, as a left-arm spinner, Jadeja took two (2/124) and four wickets (4/87) in that match. Also, he became the fastest left-arm bowler to pick up 200 Test wickets. The all-rounder is currently in the impressive form.

Ravichandran Ashwin

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Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: AP Photo)

The off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin finally played his first international game in 2019 in the Visakhapatnam Test. His bowling figures in that game were 46.2-11-145-7 and 20-5-44-1. He also became the joint-fastest bowler to complete 350 Test wickets.

Ishant Sharma

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Ishant Sharma (Image Credit: Google)

The tall right-arm pacer Ishant Sharma is now a mature bowler. He was in very good form during India tour of West Indies in last August-September. In the latest Visakhapatnam Test, he got very limited opportunities and managed only one wicket.

Mohammed Shami

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Mohammed Shami (Image Credit: Google)

The Indian pacer Mohammed Shami destroyed the Proteas batsmen in the fourth innings of Visakhapatnam Test through his lethal reverse-swing bowling. While he was wicketless during South Africa’s first innings, he managed to take five wickets (5/35) in the fourth innings.

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