ind vs sa test , Indian team Gear Up for Battle Ahead of Crucial Test Series with south africa on 26 dec.

Ind vs Sa – As the anticipation builds for the Boxing Day Test between India and South Africa in Centurion, the Indian cricket camp is abuzz with energy. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video showcasing the Indian batters, including the dynamic duo Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, honing their skills in the nets.

virat kohli , ind vs sa test series.
virat kohli , ind vs sa test series. , image – BCCI.

Nets Session Highlights

In the video, the batters demonstrated their prowess with an array of aggressive shots, unleashing their full range in both closed and open nets. The pitches, adorned in a greenish hue, hinted at conditions favoring seam and swing—a testament to the thorough preparation undertaken by the Indian team.

Ind vs Sa .Return of Kohli and Sharma

This series marks the return of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to international cricket since their heartbreaking loss in the 2023 World Cup final against Australia. The duo opted out of the five-match T20I series against Australia and the subsequent white-ball leg of the South African tour.

Doubts Loom Over ODIs and T20Is

While doubts linger over their future in ODIs and T20Is, such concerns become inconsequential in the Test arena. Kohli and Sharma, pillars of Indian cricket, are nearly irreplaceable in the longest format. Their experience and skillset are expected to play a pivotal role in India’s quest to secure a series victory in South Africa.

Kohli’s Impressive Track Record

Virat Kohli, in particular, boasts an impressive record in Tests on South African soil. In seven matches, the seasoned number four batter has amassed 719 runs, featuring two centuries and three fifties, at an impressive average of 51.36. His ability to navigate the challenging conditions makes him a linchpin in India’s batting lineup.

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virat kohli , image – BCCI.

Rohit’s Challenge and Evolution

Rohit Sharma faces a different challenge with contrasting numbers in South Africa—123 runs from four Tests at 15.38, without any half-century scores. However, his shift to the opening slot in the last three years has seen a marked improvement in technique. Despite the past struggles, recent performances in Australia and England suggest that Rohit is poised to enhance his record in the upcoming Tests.

Ind vs Sa , KL Rahul Takes on Wicket keeping Duties

In a noteworthy development, India’s head coach Rahul Dravid confirmed that KL Rahul will don the wicketkeeping gloves for the first red-ball contest against South Africa, starting on December 26. While Rahul initially wasn’t the designated wicketkeeper in any format during his early days in the team, he has smoothly transitioned into the role in white-ball cricket and is now India’s preferred choice behind the stumps in both T20Is and ODIs.

“I see it as an exciting challenge, an opportunity for him to certainly do something different. Obviously, with Ishan not being available this opportunity came up, we had a couple of keepers to choose from and Rahul is one of them.

“We do understand it is not something he has done as often (keeping in Tests). But he has been doing it regularly in 50 overs cricket and that takes a lot out of your body. He has prepared well over the last five to six months, he has done a lot of keeping,” Dravid said in the press conference.

“This will be a new and exciting challenge for him. I guess one of the things is there’s not going to be that much spin bowling, so that will ease him into the role a little bit, something how it goes and pans out,” the coach said.

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kl rahul , image – getty image

As the stage is set for the Boxing Day Test, all eyes are on the Indian batting maestros as they aim to make a significant impact in South Africa and set the tone for a successful series campaign. The cricketing world awaits the spectacle, eager to witness the unfolding drama in this high-stakes encounter.

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