New Delhi. Virat Kohli’s side started the tour of South Africa as expected from Team India. Centurion broke his losing streak and started the tour with a win. The two teams will now face each other in Johannesburg from January 3. There will be a lot of effort to win on the Wanderers field here. The good thing for India is that Team India has not lost a Test on this ground till date. In this situation, he has a good chance to end the 29-year drought. India has played 6 Test series here. But none won. But this time, the pair of coach Rahul Dravid and captain Virat Kohli is ready to change this history. So instead of celebrating the New Year, the team sweated a lot on the Wanderers field on Saturday.
All eyes will be on Virat Kohli again in the Johannesburg Test. It’s been 2 years since I scored a century in international cricket. In 2019, he scored his 70th century in international cricket in the Kolkata Test against Bangladesh. He has batted 60 times since then. But could not complete the century. He also failed to play a big innings in the Centurion Test. He scored 35 runs in the first innings and 18 runs in the second innings.
Incidentally, Kohli’s record at the Wanderers ground in Johannesburg is great. He has scored more than 300 runs including a century on this ground. Under his leadership, India also won a Test here in 2018. In such a situation, Virat is expected to perform similarly again. That is why coach Rahul Dravid also spent a lot of time with him in the net.
Pujara and Rahane are sweating in the net
Apart from this, Cheteshwar Pujara is also out of color. He flopped once more in the Centurion Test. He could not open the book in the first innings and scored 18 runs in the second innings. However, coach Dravid still has confidence in him. So he is constantly working on the net with this batsman. The same scene was seen in the team practice on Saturday. Apart from Pujara, Dravid also gave tips to Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul to play on the Wanderers pitch. He has been seen talking to batsmen for a long time.
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Umesh Yadav can get a chance
Umesh Yadav did not get a chance in the first match. He is likely to get a chance in Johannesburg. He has bowled for a long time in the net. Ajinkya Rahane was also seen sweating. Questions are also being raised about his continuity in the team. But even then, the team management has expressed confidence in him in the first Test match. He scored 48 in the first innings and 20 in the second innings. Whether you get a chance in the second match. It’s still not clear. But he has been seen to correct his batting errors in the net.
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