Cape Town: After missing out on the second Test at Johannesburg due to an upper-back spasm, India’s regular captain Virat Kohli is all set to make a return to the side for the third and final Test at Cape Town. But, while Kohli is set to return – the question is – who would make way for him? Will it be Ajinkya Rahane or Hanuma Vihari? Both players got among the runs during the second Test.Also Read – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid Missing; Ex-English Captain Alastair Cook Picks His All-Time XI
While Rahane smashed a fifty after perishing for a duck in the first essay, Vihari showed great temperament in the second innings as he batted with the tail. Also Read – India’s Predicted Playing XI For 3rd Test at Cape Town: Rahul Dravid-Virat Kohli to Take Call on Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav For Mohammed Siraj
This is going to be a difficult call for coach Rahul Dravid. Also Read – No MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh; Shane Warne Picks His All-Time India XI
“Virat Kohli should be fine from all accounts, he should be fine. He has had the opportunity to run around a little bit, he has had the opportunity to test it a little bit,” Dravid had said during a virtual press conference after the loss at Johannesburg.
Vihari could edge Rahane to the side purely because he can roll his arms as well. So, in case a bowler wants to rest, Vihari can chip in with overs. It would be interesting to see the playing XI that is fielded at the Newlands.
With the series locked at 1-1, the Cape Town Test promises to be a humdinger.
India Playing XI:
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane/Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj/ Ishant Sharma/ Umesh Yadav