SA Vs India Second Test
Question in detail
A couple of surprising inclusions came as the prime reasons to India's fiasco in the first Test. Most of you, who witnessed desperate collapse of Indian batting line-up in Cape Town in both innings each, would agree the fact. Neither the world's best fast-bowling attack nor the helping Newlands track was the reason as to why India scattered chasing away a mere of 209-run target. It was all because of wrong decision making particularly during selection.
The aftermaths of the opening game make changes in India's probable XI for the second Test inevitable. When on an away tour, Ajinkya Rahane has to be in the final XI even if he is not in good form. He is sure to play SA Vs India second Test in Centurion. But at whose cost is yet to be seen. Should Rohit Sharma vacate a slot for Rahane in the middle-order? Or should Ashwin be out for Rahane? Choices are available but with a dilemma.
Rahane's overseas record
Rahane's overseas record cannot be overlooked. Not making him play in the first Test was India's biggest mistake. He is certainly one who fancies playing away. On African land, he averages 69.66. Other than this, he has been fruitful in Australia as well with an average of 57.00. His batting average in West Indies is 121.50 while in New Zealand he revels in an average of 54.00.
Opening dilemma in SA Vs India second Test
Opening pair, too, needs some alteration as you can't make KL Rahul brace the bench strength. Dhawan is undergoing good form, but all that he did with bat in the last one year or two was in favorable home conditions. Needless to say, the same goes with Rohit Sharma. Rather than batting around Murali Vijay, Dhawan looked in a hurry in the first Test. You can't bat arbitrarily like you do in home conditions. The southpaw opener needs to understand this. Is it too late for him to figure out his technical batting flaws? Yes it is if Rahul comes in for Dhawan. KL Rahul is likely to open Indian innings with Murali Vijay in the second Test in Centurion.
India's probable XI for the second Test:Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma/R Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma/Jasprit Bhumrah.
Should Rahane and KL Rahul be in the playing XI for the second Test?