India having a dream in the home run since they loosed their home series against England in 2012-13. They will look to continue their good form. While South Africa will try to improve its poor display in the Asian subcontinent.
Match: Ind vs SA, 1st Test
Date: Thursday, October 2-6, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM Local
Venue: ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Vishakhapatnam
The T-20 series between India and South Africa was shared by 1-1. So both of the teams will look to start the test series by good node.
India is looking clear favorite, as they have their home advantages to play with. At the moment they are looking unbeatable in their own backyards, especially in the test format.
On the other hand, South Africa will try to make their results better in India in the test format. In the past, they did not have that much quality spin bowling option while they played in India.
But now they have Keshab Maharaj, who already impressed as a spinner after his arrival in the international circuit.
India has to answer some questions in the opening slot. As they are giving Rohit Sharma the opportunity to bat in the opening position for the first time. While the middle order is looking quite settle.
There must be another debate, whether they should persist with Risbah Pant or they should go back to Wrdhiman Saha.
Although India has announced Wrdhiman Saha as their first choice as a wicket-keeper. Pant immature innings in recent times have gone against him. He also had some muddle with the glove as well.
Key Players to watch out
The key strength of India in the test format is their middle-order. While the inclusion of Hanuma Vihari has made it even stronger.
Their pace bowling unit is also doing very well to support the good work of the batting unit.
Ishant Sharma & Moahhmed Shami has bowled really well not only outside of India but also in the pitches of India where the support for the pace bowlers is very minimal.
Although Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the series due to the injury. But they are very much well balanced as a bowling unit.
They have quality spinners likes Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Both of them have shown an incredible level of consistency in the Indian soli.
India XI Probable
Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wrdhiman Saha(WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
South Africa has to be at their level best if they want to beat India. Which involves all three departments of the game.
It will be very hard for them to match India’s performance in their home conditions.
Key Players to watch out
Hashim Amla & Ab Devillers has retired from international cricket, so African batting lineup will heavily rely on Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, and Temba Bavuma. While Quinton De Kock is yet to make his name in the test arena.
Because of the condition, the workloads on Keshab Maharaj along with Dane Piedt will be huge.
Kagiso Rabada has a fair amount of experiences of Indian pitches due to IPL. He will like to bank on his experience as well.
South African XI Prediction
Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Faf du Plessis (C), Temba Bavuma, Zubayr Hamza, Quinton de Kock (WK), Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi/Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt.
Stadium – ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Vishakhapatnam
Capacity – 50,000
Weather & Pitch Conditions
There will be a lot of eyeball on the weather as India will take on South Africa in the first test match in the series.
The weather forecast is showing an alarming sign heading to the match. It has been raining from right through the last week.
The chance of raining for the 1st day is 80 percent, which itself creates a lot of doubts over the fate of play.
Although the condition might change in the next days, as the percentage will decrease to 50 & 40 respectively.
So as a spectator we can keep our finger crossed
As usual, It will be advantageous to bat first in the Indian pitches. So why as the match progresses the pitches tend to more difficult for the batsman.
So it is an obvious call for the captain whoever wins the toss will like to bat first. Moreover, So often we have seen in the past that the toss dictate the fate of the match.