India vs South Africa Test
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India is set to tour South Africa for a multi-format series. During the tour, India will lock horns with South Africa in 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs, and 2 Tests. The India vs South Africa Test series will take place towards the end.

Rohit Sharma is the skipper of India for the Test series against South Africa. Temba Bavuma leads South Africa in the series. India has never won a Test series in South Africa. This time, Rohit Sharma & Co. will aim for the same. Here we talk about India’s best playing 11 for South Africa Tests.

India Playing 11 for South Africa Tests

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Credits: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma is the skipper of India for the Test series against South Africa. He will open the innings for the team. The Indian skipper will move to a new chapter after a shocking defeat in ICC World Cup 2023 final.

He will now aim to lead India to their first-ever Test series victory in South Africa. In the World Cup, Sharma was the second-highest run-getter with 597 runs in 11 games.

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Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shubman Gill should be another opener for India against South Africa. The right-handed batsman has done a wonderful job with Sharma in the opening slot. He also showed good form in the World Cup, hitting 4 half-centuries in the tournament.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli
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Virat Kohli should bat at the one-down position. Kohli has been in an impeccable form this year. In ICC ODI World Cup, he won the player of the series award for smashing the most 765 runs. He also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 50 ODI centuries and most runs in a single ODI World Cup tournament. He will be the biggest challenge for Proteas.

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Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer, India,
Shreyas Iyer (Credits: Twitter)

Since Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are absent from the side, Shreyas Iyer will take the no.4 slot. Iyer has already made his Test debut and also played magnificent knocks in some games. At an average of 44+, Iyer has stormed 666 runs in 16 innings with 1 century and 5 half-centuries.

KL Rahul (WK)

KL Rahul
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KL Rahul might bat in the middle-order and keep the stumps for the team. In his last Test series against Australia in March, the right-handed batsman struggled to score runs. He was also dropped from the side. However, he bounced back in Asia Cup 2023 and ICC World Cup 2023. He kept the stumps throughout World Cup and will aim to make a strong comeback in Tests.

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Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ravindra Jadeja is a crucial member of the Test side due to his brilliance with spin attack as well as batting. Jadeja recently picked 16 wickets in 11 games in the World Cup and scored good knocks in the few games he batted. Picking Jadeja gives India an extra spinner in the playing 11.

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Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin, WTC
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Ravichandran Ashwin will be another spinner for the team. Ashwin can also score runs with the bat. He is the most powerful spinner for India in Tests and dominates all other Indian spinners when it comes to longer formats. Ashwin picked 15 wickets in just 2 Tests in his previous Test series against West Indies in August.

Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur (Image Credits: Twitter)

Shardul Thakur might be a pacer for the side. South Africa’s pitches are flat and pacers enjoy a good advantage. The right-arm pacer hunted 7 wickets in a single innings against South Africa during the last tour. He will aim to come up with another such performance against Proteas.

Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jasprit Bumrah should be another pacer for India. When it comes to India’s pace attack, Bumrah is like a lion of the jungle. After his return to the field this year, the right-arm pacer was brilliant in the Ireland series, Asia Cup 2023, and ICC World Cup 2023. He will lead the pace attack for India.

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Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami
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After a stupendous show in the ICC World Cup 2023, Mohammed Shami will aim to continue with his prowess in South Africa Tests. The right-arm pacer ended as the leading wicket-taker in ICC World Cup 2023 with 24 wickets in just 7 games.

Mohammed Siraj

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj (Image: Twitter)

Mohammed Siraj will be another pacer for India for South Africa Tests. Siraj has been a regular member of the Test side for the last few years. The right-arm pacer rocked in the Asia Cup 2023 final by hunting 6 wickets. The right-arm pacer has hunted 13 wickets in 6 Tests this year.

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