Middle-Order: Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Rishabh Pant
Both Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored vital half-centuries in the last Test match in Johannesburg. Hanuma Vihari also scored 40 off 92 balls. With Virat Kohli set to make his comeback in the third Test, the only player who is likely to lose his place from the playing XI is Hanuma Vihari.
Nevertheless, the team will hope that Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara make significant contributions with the bat. Rishabh Pant’s shot selection in the last Test has been one of the talking points ahead of the third Test. In 2 Tests, he has only scored 59 runs at an average of 14.75. However, despite that, he is still likely to be backed for the third Test, keeping in mind the impact he has had in crunch games over the years.