After a convincing win in the first Test, Team India will look to keep their winning streak intact in the second Test against South Africa in Pune. As the host looks to make a good start after winning the toss, skipper Virat Kohli achieved a huge personal milestone.
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Coming to this Test match, the home side has sacrificed Hanuma Vihari to add another pacer in their line-up. Umesh Yadav, who came into the squad in place of injured Jasprit Bumrah will have a go at the South African batsman to claim his stake in the playing XI.
Similarly, the Proteas have also strengthened their bowling unit adding debutant Anrich Nortje with Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander. Dane Piedt, who failed to make an impact with the ball, unfortunately, had to sit out.
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India have made a good start in the morning session with openers – Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal looking good. They will hope to repeat their last match heroics where they added a record-breaking 317 runs in the first innings to set the tone for India’s win.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli scaled a massive record when he came out for the toss in Pune. He became only the second captain after MS Dhoni to lead India in 50 Test matches. In the process, Kohli leapfrogs former skipper Sourav Ganguly, who has captained the country in 49 Test matches.
Kohli also has the most number of wins (29) among Indian captains in Test matches. Only Steve Waugh (36) and Ricky Ponting (34) had more wins than Virat Kohli’s 29 after first 49 Tests. The India skipper will hope to make it more memorable with a win and seal the series against South Africa.