Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has missed out on the second Test of the two-match Test series against South Africa National Cricket Team at the Wanderers, Johannesburg due to an upper back spasm.
Middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari who has been waiting for a very long time to get an opportunity in the playing XI has replaced the Indian Test skipper in the team. Meanwhile, newly-appointed Test vice-captain KL Rahul is leading the team in the Johannesburg Test against South Africa.
Virat Kohli-led India beached the Centurion fortress by defeating Dean Elgar-led South Africa by 113 runs to get the lead of 1-0 in the three-match Test series. If India wins the second Test under the leadership of KL Rahul, this will be India’s maiden Test series victory on South African soil.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul has won the toss and elected to bat first in the 2nd Test. After the toss, he revealed that Kohli has a back spasm and was hoping that the red-ball skipper will recover before the third and last Test match of the series. He said:
“Unfortunately Virat has had an upper back spasm, the physios are working on him and hopefully he’ll recover for the next Test. It is every Indian player’s dream to captain his country. Really honoured and looking forward to this challenge. We have had a few good wins here and hopefully, we’ll look to continue that. Hanuma Vihari comes in place of Virat. Just the one change. It was a good Test at Centurion overall. We really performed well as a team and are really excited about this match.”
Meanwhile, South Africa captain Dean Elgar reacting to Kohli’s absence said that it doesn’t bother the Proteas side who is the opposition captain.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To Virat Kohli’s Absence From The Playing XI In The Second Test:
Fewest first-class games as captain before Test captaincy debut for India:
0 – Ajinkya Rahane
1 – MS Dhoni / KL RAHUL
2 – Gulabrai Ramchand
3 – Virender Sehwag / Virat Kohli#SAvIND
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 3, 2022
— Iyeronical (@LosingMotion) January 3, 2022
What a moment for KL! Test captain for the first time after what’s been a beautiful few months for him. He did not even play a test from Aug 2019 to Aug 2021!
— Sonali (@samtanisonali1) January 3, 2022
If you are KL Rahul, you must think life is a roller-coaster…..
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 3, 2022
When was the last time Kohli missed a match due to injury. Not rested. Can't seem to remember.
— Sarah Waris (@swaris16) January 3, 2022
Virat not playing in this Test match. He is the highest run scorer in Joburg as an Indian. He is missing his 99th test match due to upper back spasm. This ground is very lucky for him but it's very unfortunate that he is not playing. #ViratKohli #INDvsSA
— Nikunj Kansal (@NikunjjKansal) January 3, 2022
Virat Kohli is not playing due to Upper Back Spasm … Happy New Year everyone 🥲
— Ͳհҽ Ɛ× ↻ɾìçҟҽէҽɾ 🏏 (@TheExCricketer) January 3, 2022
— Shalav Kela (@shalavkela) January 3, 2022
— Shubham🇮🇳 (@shubh_ind) January 3, 2022
— Akhil Kintali (@kvakhil) January 3, 2022
Kohli was given an option to drop himself or Lord Shardul. The decision is in front of you, ladies and gentleman. #SAvIND
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) January 3, 2022
100th test at Bangalore then just like his former RCB teammate.
— Prithvi (@Puneite_) January 3, 2022
This year already has a bad start
— Sarcaster 🇮🇳 (@sarcaster_) January 3, 2022
So even Virat Kohli can suffer from injury too. But that gives an opportunity for someone like KL Rahul to showcase his Captaincy skills. Looking forward to this match. #SAvIND
— Maharaj Patil (@IamViruLover) January 3, 2022
Toota hai Virat Kohli ki fitness ka ghamand pic.twitter.com/XpABP8xgXq
— Sudhanshu Ranjan Singh (@memegineers_) January 3, 2022
India (Playing XI): KL Rahul(c), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
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