India has won the toss against South Africa in the 2nd Test of the three-match series in Wanderers and elected to bat first. Team India has already won the first Test which was played at Centurion on Boxing Day by a comprehensive margin of 113 runs and taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
It will be a historic Test for the Men in Blue as if they manage to win the second Test of the series, they will eventually take the series away, which will go on to be India’s first Test series win on South Africa in the Rainbow nation. Virat Kohli will not be present in the second Test and KL Rahul will be seen leading the side. KL Rahul and his men have had exemplary records at the venue and they will look to extend India’s unbeaten run so far in Johannesburg.
SA vs IND- Toss Report, India tour of South Africa 2021-22, 2nd Test
As far as the team combinations are concerned, Virat Kohli misses out on a spot in the Indian playing XI and KL Rahul will be leading team India in the second Test . South Africa have been dealt with a major blow in the form of Quinton de Kock’s sudden retirement from Test cricket and he will be unavailable for the Proteas from the second Test of the series itself.
India’s Predicted Playing XI: KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
South Africa’s Predicted Playing XI:Dean Elgar(c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne(w), Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi.
Team India Eye A First Test Series Win On The Proteas Soil
KL Rahul and his men have a task in hand going into the second Test of the series against South Africa and it will be of winning India’s first-ever Test series in South Africa. Over the last four years, Virat and his team have gone on to beat world champions on their turfs and Johannesburg was the venue that started the transition for team India 4 years ago when team India won the final Test of the series against South Africa.
After that win, the Men in Blue have beaten Australia twice on their soil and have gone on to lead the Test series against England in 2021 before the five-match series was wrapped up due to a COVID explosion in the Indian team.