Indian captain Virat Kohli has taken a big decision on Rishab Pant ahead of the Test series which going to start on 2, October 2019 in Visakhapatnam. The first match of the three-Test series against South Africa is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, on 29, September 2019, while speaking to media, Indian captain Kohli spoke about his strategy and Team India's playing eleven. In the first Test, Rishabh Pant could not find aa place in the plying 11.
Rishabh Pant, considered to be the successor of former captain Mahendra Sing Dhoni, is being seen as a wicket-keeper batsman in all three formats of team management cricket, with multiple opportunities being given to him with constant confidence, but Rishabh Pant never seems to meet those expectations, maybe that's why Virat is in favor of providing the experienced wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha present in the team.
Kohli said that Bengal cricketer Saha remains the 'best wicket-keeper in the world.' Saha stayed out of the team for a long time due to injury and returned to the team in August with a two-Test series on the West Indies tour. Saha, however, did not get a chance to play against the West Indies and Pant played the wicket-keeper in both the matches.
Kohli said before the first Test, 'Yes, Saha is fit and ready to play. He will start the series for us. Everyone is aware of his wicketkeeping. He also performed well with the bat whenever he got a chance. It was unfortunate that he stayed out due to injury. In these circumstances, he can start the series for us.
Saha performed his last Test match against South Africa in January 2018. In his absence, Pant assumed responsibility and became the team's first choice in the longer format of the game with centuries in England and Australia. In the recent past, however, Pant has faced criticism due to poor shot selection, and this is possibly one of the reasons why the team management decided to start the series with Saha. Saha has scored 1164 runs in 32 Tests at an average of 30.63.
Virat also expressed his opinion on Rohit Sharma's batting order. Virat said, "Rohit is an experienced and excellent batsman; we are not in any hurry about him."
There is no doubt that Rohit Sharma is India's best batsman in T20. Recently, in the World Cup ended in July, Rohit Sharma had scored four centuries in ODIs, but despite this, he did not get a place in the two-Test matches played against the Vedis. But after KL Rahul's plop, Rohit managed to get a place in the Test team.
Team India's playing XI for Visakhapatnam Test: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami.
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