Team India’s probable Playing XI in first test against South Africa

The much anticipated test series between India and South Africa kicks off on 26th December and is knocking at our doors. Although Team India do not have a great record against South Africa on the home turf of the Proteas, the Blues are in a brilliant form and they can very much turn things around this time. However, for that to happen Team India will have to be perfect in every department, And that starts from the correct team selection.

Let us first have a look at India’s squad for the South Africa Test series:-

India’s Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Priyank Panchal, KL Rahul (Vice captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Md. Siraj.

Standby Players: Navdeep Saini, Saurabh Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Arzan Nagwaswalla.

India are already missing out on some of their key players in this series – most importantly, Rohit Sharma. The hitman had been initially announced in the squad as the Vice captain but he will have to miss the series due to a hamstring injury. Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel are few other players that India will miss in this series.

Now let us have a look at how Team India might line up against South Africa in the first test.

Team India’s Probable XI in first Test against South Africa.

  • Mayank Agarwal
  • KL Rahul (VC)
  • Virat Kohli (C)
  • Cheteshwar Pujara
  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Rishabh Pant (WK)
  • Ravichandran Ashwin
  • Mohammad Shami
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Mohammad Siraj
  • Ishant Sharma