After a 72 runs loss in the first Test match of the three-match series against South Africa, India is looking to build-up for the second Test starting from January 13. Few elements are required to be addressed by the Indian team before heading on to the pitch in Centurion. Which batsman would make the best eleven and a five-bowler attack at the cost of a batsman?
In the first Test, the selection of debutant Jasprit Bumrah over the experienced Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma didn’t come out well. On the other hand, benching Lokesh Rahul instead of Shikhar Dhawan or Murali Vijay, and also opting for Rohit Sharma instead of the dependable Ajinkya Rahane came back to haunt the Indian selection team.
For the second Test, Captain Kohli needs to be brave to drop Dhawan, who has been sloppy on the field too, and bring back the in-form KL Rahul. Dropping Rahane, who has a tremendous record when India plays overseas, was not a good idea and he needs to get back to the playing eleven to provide that extra dependability in the bottom-order. However, with Rohit Sharma being in good form, the only way India can include Rahane in the eleven is if they drop Ravichandran Ashwin, a decision that's unlikely at Centurion.