New Delhi. The Boxing Day Test between India and South Africa will start on December 26 at Centurion. Due to the injuries of many players before this Test, the Indian team management will face the challenge of choosing the best playing-11. Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Bihari will be most worried about this. Will Shreyas Iyer or Hanuma Bihari play in Centurion, or will they both get a chance?
Some questions that will haunt the team management until the night before the Centurion Test against South Africa.
Rabindra Jadeja is out of the tour, so if the five-bowler balance is to be upset, the captain and team management may have to make some difficult decisions. So every option is open, even the experienced Ajinkya Rahane in form is under pressure to save his place.
Shreyas Iyer What’s going on for him is the opportunity he got in the home Test series against New Zealand, scoring a century and a half in his debut. Iyer also excels in first-class cricket. He has so far scored 56 first-class matches at a strike rate of 80.22. Proof that he has been ready for red ball cricket for a long time.
When Hanuma Bihari Iyer was doing the same against New Zealand’s Test attack when he was running in South Africa. The only difference was that instead of Centurion and Wanderers, he was doing it in Green Park and Wankhede. However, his batting cannot be underestimated at any stage. But given the opportunity in South Africa, the situation will be completely different.
Iyer is ready for Test cricket
For example, the first innings of Shreyas Iyer in Kanpur. On the morning of the second day of this Test, Kyle Jameson bowled badly and Iyer took full advantage of it and hit 6 fours in five overs. By then, however, Iyer had scored just six runs off 32 balls against New Zealand fast bowlers. At the same time 8 runs from 104 balls against spin bowlers. Iyer has so far done what batsmen of this era do, i.e. play against fast bowlers and wait for bad deliveries.
So Mayank Agarwal played a similar innings during the Mumbai Test at the same time. In that 150-run innings, Mayank hit 45 off 119 balls against fast bowlers and 105 off 192 balls against spinners.
Both innings prove in sub-continental conditions that a spin bowler can suffer huge losses if he misses even the slightest point of line and length. But neither Iyer nor Agarwal is getting a chance to bat like this in South Africa. The last time India toured here, South African fast bowlers bowled 91 per cent of the total deliveries in the series.
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Bihari has played 11 out of 12 Tests away from home
What are the alternatives to Bihari? He has played 11 of 12 Test matches out of the house and this time he has proved himself. His tactics against fast bowlers are excellent, with Bihari scoring a half-century in his debut Test at the Oval. Bihari then played an innings of 93 and 111 at home in front of the West Indies fast bowlers with the help of Red Duke. Fans still remember his 55-run knock against New Zealand’s Seam Bowling in the Christchurch Test and then the 237-ball in the Sydney Test that could forget India’s defeat in the Sydney Test despite a leg injury.
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Who will get the opportunity in Bihari or Iyer?
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Although you can argue that Bihari always play for India in challenging conditions. In the 11 Tests he has played outside India, his average (34.11) is higher than that of Cheteshwar Pujara (34.00) and Virat Kohli (32.11). Still, it should come as no surprise that Iyer overtook Bihari in the Boxing Day Test.
In the end, the issue comes to a head again, who will be in the Indian middle order in Centurion and whose cards will be cut – Iyer or Bihari or both? This is a difficult question that cannot be answered correctly or incorrectly.
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