India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 1, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam: Live Cricket Score, Live Updates
India (IND) will be looking to continue their winning streak in ICC Test Championship when they face South Africa (SA) in a three-match Test series, starting today in Visakhapatnam. Virat Kohli’s India consolidated their position as the No.1 side in the ICC Test Team Rankings with a 2-0 series victory in the West Indies. India are chasing a record 11th consecutive series win at home. The series also presents a great opportunity for Rohit Sharma to revive his Test career, who will open alongside Mayank Agarwal. Get live updates and live cricket score of India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 1 here (LIVE SCORECARD | CRICKET NEWS)
Rohit Sharma is in the form of his life and many ex-India players, including Yuvraj Singh, believe that the Mumbai batsman should be playing across formats and given a long run as a Test opener.
He couldn’t be accommodated in the middle-order in the two Tests in the West Indies but now with KL Rahul dropped due to poor form, Rohit opening the innings could be a blessing in disguise for the hosts.
At Rishabh Pant's expense, Wriddhiman Saha will play his first international match in 22 months. Kohli will be banking on his skills to keep against genuine turners of the ball and in Indian conditions. Saha is also a competent batsman.
R Ashwin, who didn't make the starting XI during the Tests in West Indies, is back and will handle the spin duties alongside Ravindra Jadeja. That's a clear indication that the Visakhapatnam wicket will aid the tweakers.
South Africa, on the other hand, had a series to forget when they last toured India in 2015, losing three of the four Tests. Come 2019, things appear even tougher as they lack experience, with Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla retiring last month. However, the visitors will be inspired by Aiden Markram, who scored a fluent century in the practice game against the Board President's XI.
While skipper Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar will be aiming to make an early statement with the bat, the bowling unit, spearheaded by Kagiso Rabada, seems well-rounded with the return of Vernon Philander and Lungi Ngidi, and left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.
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