In South Africa, Team India’s next mission is a two-match Test series in the current cycle of the World Test Championship. This Test series is crucial, and winning it is considered challenging for Team India because they have always faced defeats against South Africa in African conditions.
There has been only one series where Team India managed to draw against South Africa. However, before this series, Captain Rohit Sharma has received significant advice regarding his playing XI, and this advice could be a crucial factor in creating history for Rohit Sharma and Team India. The person giving this advice is a champion player whose words Rohit Sharma never ignores. So, what is the formula for success for Team India in South Africa that Rohit has received? To find out, let’s look at our report.
South Africa, with a poor record in Test cricket on their home ground, has found a formula for victory against them. According to the chosen playing XI by Sunil Gavaskar for Centurion Test, besides Captain Rohit Sharma, the players included are Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj. Gavaskar has given a chance to Ravichandran Ashwin in his playing eleven for the Centurion Test. According to Gavaskar, the combination of Ashwin and Jadeja can be a jackpot for India even in African conditions. Besides, he has included three fast bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah, Siraj, and Mukesh Kumar. It’s worth mentioning that Mukesh Kumar made his Test debut against the West Indies, taking two wickets in a match.
On the other hand, Sanjay Manjrekar’s chosen playing XI differs. Manjrekar has left out R Ashwin from his playing eleven for the Centurion Test. Taking a closer look at Manjrekar’s chosen playing XI for the Centurion Test, apart from Captain Rohit Sharma, the players included are Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Prasidh Krishna. In Manjrekar’s XI, Prasidh Krishna has been given a chance instead of Mukesh Kumar, and Shardul Thakur has been included in place of R Ashwin.
It remains to be seen which players Rohit Sharma will choose for the Centurion Test. Both Gavaskar and Manjrekar have provided their insights, and now it’s up to the captain and the team management to make the final decision. The Centurion Test will reveal the strategy and the players chosen by Team India to tackle the challenging conditions in South Africa.