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SA vs IND: 2 Changes India can make for 2nd Test against South Africa suggested by Irfan Pathan


SA vs IND: 2 Changes India can make for 2nd Test against South Africa: After going down in the first test at the SuperSport Park in Centurian, the stage is all set for the 2nd game of the series between India and South Africa. This time the contest will be held at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, starting January 03.

Team India couldn’t match the competition which South Africa posted in the first test. The game was wrapped up by the Proteas inside three days and handed a defeat to Team India by an innings and 32 runs.

Following the first test loss, Team India has significantly worked harder on their skills. The team conducted a couple of optional practice sessions during the breaks to mend the flaws. The Indian side is likely to undergo another training session today – January 02 – before they turn up for the 2nd test on January 03.

The likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin and Yashasvi Jaiswal among others were in attendance during the optional session at the SuperSport Park and Newlands Stadium.

SA vs IND: 2 Changes India can make for 2nd Test

SA vs IND: 2 Changes India can make for 2nd Test against South Africa suggested by Irfan Pathan
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Team India is very likely to make changes to the playing11 for the second test against South Africa. The team felt the need for a decent batter down the order at number 7, a place which is usually owned by all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. The all-rounder is expected to back into the side after missing out on the first test against South Africa due to back spasms.

“Ravindra Jadeja, if fit, should come back in the team. Ashwin did bowl well from what was expected out of him on that pitch but we missed Jadeja’s control while batting at number 7 in Centurion,” Pathan told Star Sports. 

In another change indicated by Irfan Pathan, the Indian side can look towards Mukesh Kumar in the pace bowling department if they don’t feel confident going with Prasidh Krishna, who made his test debut in the last game.

Prasidh Krishna didn’t have a memorable outing in his debut match. The pacer conceded runs at an economy of 4.70 and could only pick a solitary wicket.

“If you’re Rohit Sharma and you want to go with the same bowling attack, that’s also fine. But if you’re thinking of making a change, Mukesh Kumar could come in for Prasidh Krishna. But if you feel Prasidh is confident in the nets, then he should be backed for the second Test,” he added.

Below is Team India’s likely playing11 for the 2nd test against South Africa:

India’s Playing11: Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumarh, Mohammad Siraj, Prasidh Krishna/Mukesh Kumar.

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For more details head to ICC’s official website.

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