As Virat Kohli led team looks to conquer Cape Town and record India’s first-ever Test series win in South Africa, Commentator Aakash Chopra has highlighted the selection puzzle involving the visiting side’s senior players.
Hanuma Vihari was given a nod after Virat missed the second match due to an upper back spasm, and he managed to score a good 40 innings knock in the second innings. But Virat returning to the team would make Hanuma go back to the pavilion .
Underperforming seniors Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane scored attacking half-centuries in the second test match, showing some kind of form. The Indian team has backed the pair of Rahane and Pujara when Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer are waiting in the side.
Aakash Chopra supported the veteran batting combination but also indicated that Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav & Ishant Sharma have also been warming the benches despite being senior players of the team. Rishabh Pant has been the first choice wicketkeeper for the team and Siraj as the talent in the pace unit.
Dravid has already said that Vihari & Iyer have to wait because India has got Pujara and Rahane in the starting eleven. “Saha, Umesh, and Ishant would also be thinking What have we done wrong?’. If one set of seniors is given a long rope, the second set also deserves something,” said Aakash Chopra on his YouTube channel.
Chopra’s further prophesy is that the middle order could be doing well and fans could see half-centuries from the bat of Kohli, Pujara, and Rahane. he also added by saying India would score 300 plus runs and win the match and seal the series.