India vs South Africa: 3 Uncapped players who should get a chance in the Test series
The opening combination continues to be a problem for the Virat Kohli-led side.
Updated - Sep 30, 2019 1:19 pm
Team India started their World Test Championship campaign with a bang as they bagged all 120 points in the series against West Indies. They dominated the two-match series and beat the hosts by big margins in both games.
They next face South Africa in a three-match series at home. This will be the latter’s first series in the World Test Championship. Visakhapatnam, Ranchi and Pune are the venues for the three-match Test series. The last time the Proteas toured India, they were blanked in the Test series and failed to win a single game. Hence, they will be looking to turn things around this time.
Despite being at the top of the Test rankings, India have a few problems in their Test side. Hence, there are quite a few options available in domestic cricket. Moreover, these players are consistently doing well and are constantly knocking the selection door. Thus, here are three uncapped who should get a chance in the Test series against South Africa.
1. Abhimanyu Easwaran
While the Indian middle-order did well in the Test matches against the Windies, the top-order struggled. The opening combination continues to be a problem for the Virat Kohli-led side. Moreover, this has remained India’s problem for the last 18 months or so.
During this time, Abhimanyu Easwaran has been piling up all the runs. He’s churning out runs consistently for whichever team he plays. In fact, he has a great record since December 2018 in first-class cricket. The Bengal opener has played 23 innings and averages 68.75 since December last year. He’s scored six hundreds, which includes five scores in excess of 150.
Easwaran has done well at the ‘A’ level as well. In fact, he has been one of the consistent openers for India ‘A’ over the last year or so. Hence, Easwaran’s current form makes him a great candidate for the opener’s slot. India could well benefit from this purple patch that the Bengal opener is in.