India v South Africa, 2nd Test: Virat Kohli misses Wanderers Test due to back spasm; KL Rahul leads, India bat

KL
Rahul
is
leading
India
in
the
Test
and
the
visitors
won
the
toss
and
elected
to
bat.
Hanuma
Vihari
replaced
Kohli
in
the
India
playing
11
for
the
second
Test.

Rahul
is
captaining
India
for
the
first
time
in
Test
cricket.

But
there
will
be
focus
on
the
batting
form
of
Ajinkya
Rahane
and
Cheteshwar
Pujara
as
well.

Not
directly
pointing
towards
Pujara
and
Ajinkya,
the
head
coach
Rahul
Dravid
had
said
there
are
phases
in
cricketers’ careers
when
they
are
not
able
to
replicate
their
past
performance
but
added
that
it
is
just
a
matter
of
time
for
India’s
middle
order
before
they
come
good.

“There
are
a
variety
of
factors
that
happens.
There
are
phases
in
your
career
where
you
probably
are
batting
well
but
big
scores
are
not
coming.
And
it
happens
with
everyone,
but
the
good
point
is
that
they
seem
to
be
batting
really
well
so
they
are
getting
the
starts,” said
Dravid.

“They
know
how
to
convert
it’s
not
that
these
guys
don’t
know
how
to
score
big
runs.
So
it’s
just
a
matter
of
time,
I
am
really
hoping
we
will
see
some
really
good
performance
in
coming
days,” he
added.


Captains
talk


KL
Rahul,
India
skipper:

Virat
is
having
an
upper
back
spasm.

Every
Indian
player
dreams
to
captain
his
country.
Really
looking
forward
to
this.
We
will
look
to
put
some
runs
on
the
board
and
put
the
opposition
under
pressure.
Hanuma
Vihari
comes
in
for
Virat.
No
other
change.”


Dean
Elgar,
South
Africa
skipper:

“It
doesn’t
really
bother
me
(who
is
the
India
captain.
Kyle
Verreynne
is
in
for
Quinny
(Quinton
de
Kock)
and
Duanne
Olivier
for
Wiaan
Mulder.
Losing
Quinny
is
never
ideal,
losing
a
big
player
is
never
ideal
but
we
need
to
move
on.
Just
two
changes.
Cannot
wait
to
get
the
Test
underway.”


Playing
11


South
Africa:

Dean
Elgar(c),
Aiden
Markram,
Keegan
Petersen,
Rassie
van
der
Dussen,
Temba
Bavuma,
Kyle
Verreynne
(wk),
Marco
Jansen,
Kagiso
Rabada,
Keshav
Maharaj,
Duanne
Olivier,
Lungi
Ngidi


India:

KL
Rahul(c),
Mayank
Agarwal,
Cheteshwar
Pujara,
Ajinkya
Rahane,
Hanuma
Vihari,
Rishabh
Pant(w),
Ravichandran
Ashwin,
Shardul
Thakur,
Mohammed
Shami,
Jasprit
Bumrah,
Mohammed
Siraj.

  • India
    vs
    South
    Africa,
    2nd
    Test:
    Live
    Telecast,
    Live
    Streaming,
    IST
    Time
    of
    New
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    Test
    at
    Johannesburg
  • You
    don’t
    expect
    anyone
    of
    his
    calibre
    to
    retire
    at
    that
    age:
    Boucher
    on
    de
    Kock’s
    retirement
  • South
    Africa
    give
    maiden
    ODI
    call-up
    to
    Marco
    Jansen,
    Quinton
    de
    Kock
    to
    lead
    Proteas
  • Rahul
    Dravid
    reacts
    to
    India’s
    over-rate
    penalty
    in
    WTC,
    admits
    ‘team
    needs
    to
    get
    better
    at
    it’
  • There
    won’t
    be
    any
    hangover
    on
    the
    players
    about
    Quinton
    de
    Kock’s
    retirement:
    Dean
    Elgar
  • South
    African
    team
    media
    manager
    Sokanyile
    to
    ring
    bell
    for
    second
    Test
    against
    India
  • Bumrah’s
    elevation
    as
    ‘stop-gap’ ODI
    deputy
    ahead
    of
    Pant,
    Iyer
    is
    selectors’
    way
    of
    “avoiding
    clutter”
  • India
    Predicted
    Playing
    11
    For
    2nd
    Test
    vs
    South
    Africa:
    Focus
    on
    Pujara
    at
    Johannesburg
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    vs
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    Africa,
    2nd
    Test:
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    Stadium
    Pitch
    Report,
    Records,
    Johannesburg
    Weather
    Info
  • Rohit
    Sharma
    not
    picked
    for
    SA
    ODIs
    keeping
    in
    mind
    upcoming
    series,
    T20
    WC:
    Chetan
    Sharma
  • Everyone
    in
    BCCI
    asked
    Kohli
    to
    stay
    on
    as
    T20I
    captain:
    Chief
    selector
    Chetan
    Sharma
  • India
    fined
    for
    slow
    over-rate
    in
    first
    Test
    against
    South
    Africa,
    lose
    one
    WTC
    point
    as
    well

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