Team India skipper Virat Kohli will not partake in the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg. In the absence of Kohli, vice-captain KL Rahul will lead India for the first time.
The 33-year-old was ruled out of the contest after suffering from upper back spasms. He has been replaced by Hanuma Vihari in the batting unit. India have named only a sole change from their win against the Proteas in the first Test.
India won the toss and elected to bat first at the Wanderers. KL Rahul spoke about Kohli’s absence and the replacement during the toss. The interim skipper said:
“Unfortunately, Virat has had an upper back spasm and hopefully he’ll recover for the next Test. It is every Indian player’s dream to captain his country. Really honoured and looking forward to this challenge. We have had a few good wins here and hopefully we’ll look to continue that. Hanuma Vihari comes in place of Virat. Just the one change. It was a good Test at Centurion overall. We really performed well as a team and are really excited about this match.”
India’s playing XI for the second Test against South Africa:
India (Playing XI): KL Rahul(c), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
The Men In Blue have racked up 2 wins in Johannesburg and are yet to lose a Test in this venue. They are on the lookout to secure a series win in the Rainbow Nation for the first time. The side are halfway there with a 1-0 lead with two matches to go.
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