India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Here's India's Playing XI

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Author 2019-10-01 15:50:06

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The official Twitter handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed the Playing XI on the eve of the match on Tuesday (October 1).

Also read: India vs South Africa 2019 series schedule, squads, live streaming information

“#TeamIndia for 1st Test of @Paytm Freedom Series for Gandhi-Mandela Trophy against South Africa. Virat Kohli (Capt), Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Md Shami #INDvSA,” BCCI wrote on its Twitter handle.

Rohit Sharma has been confirmed as an opener. He will partner Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order. Wriddhiman Saha makes a comeback as first-choice wicketkeeper ahead of Rishabh Pant.

With Jasprit Bumrah unavailable for the three-match rubber for the Gandhi-Mandela Trophy, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami will share the new ball. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be the spinners.

Ashwin too is making a comeback to the Test XI after being ignored for the recently concluded series against the West Indies, which India made a clean sweep 2-0. Jadeja was the lone spinner in both the Tests.

India Playing XI

Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami

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