Virat Kohli with Indian teammates in South Africa
Team India has already reached South Africa for a three-game Test series which will be followed by three ODIs against the Proteas. After landing in Johannesburg earlier this week. The Indian team will play the first test from December 26 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. The visiting test crew led by skipper Virat Kohli took part in their first training session on Saturday to prepare for the series opening Boxing Day Test. Virat took to social media and posted a photo next to his teammates after the completion of the ‘first session’.
In the photo, Virat can be seen posing with the likes of Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mohammed Siraj, Jayant Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav.
For the record, India has never won a Test series in South Africa. The upcoming series will be their eighth against South Africa in their backyard, having lost six of the previous seven Test series.
India will be without the services of newly appointed white-ball captain and Test vice-captain Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries. While Rohit suffered a hamstring injury in training before the team’s departure to South Africa, Jadeja suffered a right forearm injury during the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur.
Both senior players are undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.
Rohit was replaced by KL Rahul on Saturday as vice-captain for the three Tests in South Africa. Priyank Panchal, who led India A on the South Africa tour earlier this year, has replaced Rohit in the squad.
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