Indian Captain Virat Kohli confirmed on Monday that he is fit to play in the third test against South Africa but ruled out Mohammed Siraj from the final test who is yet to get fit completely. Virat Kohli missed the second test due to an upper back spasm, had net sessions with the rest of the team at Newlands on Sunday. He batted without any visible discomfort, lunging forward to play the drives.
“I am absolutely fit,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference. “Siraj is obviously recovering from the (hamstring) niggle he had in the last game and at present, I don’t think he is match-ready to take the field in the third Test”.
“You cannot obviously risk a guy who is not at 110 percent as a fast bowler and we know how important that is as the little niggle he had can extend into an injury,” the skipper said. “Siraj is not up to the mark.”
However, the captain didn’t reveal whether Ishant Sharma will be included in the Playing XI ahead of Umesh Yadav.
“As I said, we are yet to sit down, myself, the head coach, and vice-captain to decide what we want to do about replacement,” he said. “And I say that because of our bench strength and it’s difficult for us to figure out as everyone is bowling well, batting well, these things become a point of contention and we need to have a healthy discussion on a decision on that and just that everyone feels balanced (okay) about it”.
“But I am happy being in this position sitting here trying to decide who is going to play rather than having other options.”
Team India will bounce back in the third & the deciding test which is slated to begin on Tuesday, 11th January. India started the South Africa tour on a high note by defeating the Proteas squad by 113 runs in the series opener test at Centurion. However, the Proteas won the second game to level the three-match series at 1-1. The third test will decide who will clinch the three-match test series of the ongoing IND vs SA 2021 tour.
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