IND vs SA 2021, 2nd test, Live Updates: What comes as a major blow for the Indian team is that Virat Kohli will not play in the second test against South Africa in Johannesburg.
KL Rahul who is the vice-cpatain for the test series walked out for the toss wearing India’s blue blazer & revealed that Virat Kohli will not play in the second tets due to a “back spasm”. KL Rahul said that currently the team physios are working with him & the team is hoping that he will be fit for the third test which will commence on janaury 11.
Rahul said, “Unfortunately, Virat has had an upper back spasm. The physios are on him. Hopefully, he’ll recover for the next Test.”
KL Rahul won the toss & opted to vat first with Hanuma Vihari being added to the squad as Virat Kohli’s replacement. Earlier on several occasions, Virat has talked about his back problems but this is the first time that he has been ruled out of a test match due to his back injury. Looking at Kohli’s stunning form at the Wanderers Stadium his absence could prove costly for team India. Virat has played four innings here & has 10 runs at an average of 77.50, including a hundred and two fifties.
IND vs SA 2021, 2nd test, Live Updates: Hanuma Vihari has finally received a call-up in the Test squad
Hanuma Vihari who has been waiting for a golden opportunity to get a call-up replaced Virat Kohli in the Playing 11 for the second test. Hanuma Vihari has played for India during the 2020-2021 Border Gavaskar Trophy where he lone fought with a torn hamstring & helped India to save the Sydney test with a valorous knock.
Vihari was excluded from India’s last series against New Zealand & sent to an ‘India A’ tour of South Africa where he top-scored with 227 runs at 75.66. The management has included Vihari into the Playing XI after considering his experience in the bouncy conditions & his part-time off-spin skill that could come in handy on the final two days of the second test.
India: KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
South Africa: 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.