India vs South Africa, Test series: India's Predicted Playing XI

India vs South Africa, Test series: India’s Predicted Playing XI

Which combination will Virat Kohli go ahead with?

Indian team
Indian team. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The T20I series between India and South Africa ended on the level terms and the trophy was shared. Both the sides won one game each after the first match in Dharamsala was washed out. Now, after a little break, both these teams will gear up for the longest format of the game starting from October 2nd. The three-match Test series will kick off in Visakhapatnam and the next two matches will be played in Pune and Ranchi respectively.

Even though they went with a relatively young squad for the shortest format of the game, the hosts have picked a strong squad for the Test. Of course, there is some experimentation on the cards as some issues are still to be sorted. However, they can’t expect a cakewalk this time as it was against the West Indies. South Africa might be a young squad at the moment with a lot of inexperience. But, they sure have some high-quality players who will look to come down hard at the opposition.

Here is what the Possible Playing XI could be for India:

1. Mayank Agarwal

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

He might still be in the early days of his career. But Mayank Agarwal is a really good batsman in red-ball cricket. Thus far, he has represented India in four Test matches and scored 275 runs which include three half-centuries.

But he is yet to play a Test match in India where he was piled tons of runs in domestic cricket. Mayank is an excellent player of spin and he would feel much better in these conditions. In the West Indies and Australia, he looked impressive.

Though, he has got his task cut out at the moment. With the competition for the opener’s slot intense, Mayank Agarwal must convert his starts into big scores as he does for Karnataka. The 28-year-old will surely fancy his maiden ton in one of these three games.

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