South Africa Vs India 3rd Test Match
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South Africa Vs India 3rd Test: Off to the worst start, not just to the series but also to the year, team India is in desperate need of a win to avoid the clean sweep looming large now after two successive losses. They bowled well in both the previous matches, but what kept them from a win was the lack of intent. Also, included were the technical flaws that often remain under question when batting on bouncy overseas tracks.
Now with a win in South Africa Vs India 3rd Test, Kohli's brigade will be looking forward to gaining some momentum for the remainder of the tour, incorporating 6 ODIs and 3 T20s ahead. And again like it has been in the series so far there will be an exercise to churn about changes in Indian playing XI for SA 3rd Test.
Apparently as visible, Rohit Sharma who was called in considering his limited-over form, failed to fill the void of the vice captain Ajinkya Rahane whose overseas Test record is exceptional. Rahane's absence in the batting line-up has caused enough damage until now. He is certainly one whom we missed a lot in the early course of the series.
Rahane is certain to be back in Indian playing XI for SA 3rd Test. Bhuvneshwar, too, stands strong caches to replace Ishant Sharma in the pace department. Can Jadeja also be given a chance? This entirely depends on how the track in Johannesburg is reported to behave like. If it is turning like it was in Centurion, Kohli might consider playing with two spinners although the chances are less.
Dinesh Kartik, who wasn't even a part of the touring squad before Saha had suffered a hamstring injury and Parthiv had failed to cash the opportunity in the second Test, can also take the job with gloves behind the wickets. And again there will be a tossup between Dhawan and Rahul to open the Indian innings along with Murali Vijay. Although changes can't compensate the early loss, it would mean to help team avoid probable clean sweep.
Indian playing XI for SA 3rd Test could be as: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan/Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma/Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Kartik, Ravichandran Ashwin/Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
Can India avoid CLEAN SWEEP in the third Test against South Africa?