India red-ball captain Virat Kohli has confirmed that he is fully fit and will be playing the third and final Test against South Africa at the Newlands, Cape Town.
Kohli was ruled out of the 2nd Test against South Africa National Cricket Team at the Wanderers, Johannesburg due to upper back spasms and vice-captain KL Rahul was given the responsibility to lead the team in the crucial Test game.
Meanwhile, under Kohli India won the first Test of the series at SuperSport Park, Centurion by the huge margin of 113 runs, however, under Rahul’s captaincy, India lost the match by 7 wickets after South Africa chased down the target of 240 runs set by the Indian team with the help of amazing knock by skipper Dean Elgar.
Kohli will be returning and leading the team in the third Test which will be the series decider, the match will be played from January 11-15, at the Newlands, Cape Town.
Mohammed Siraj Is Still Recovering From A Hamstring Niggle – Virat Kohli
Star speedster Mohammed Siraj who has played the first two Tests against Dean Elgar-led South Africa suffered a hamstring injury during the second Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg earlier this week and there was a question mark over his availability in the third Test.
Meanwhile, Indian red-ball captain Virat Kohli has given an update on Siraj and said that he is “still recovering from a hamstring niggle”. Kohli also confirmed that Siraj is not fit and will not play the third Test against South Africa.
“Mohammed Siraj is still recovering from a hamstring niggle. I don’t think he is a match-fit. Siraj isn’t upto the mark but I am absolutely fit to play” Said Virat Kohli in the pre-match press conference ahead of the 3rd test at Cape Town.
Indian team management will have to make a big decision on who will replace Siraj in the team as India have got two amazingly talented pacers, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav in the squad.
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