All eyes will glued to the Cape Town when South Africa and India will take the field for the third Test of the ongoing three-match series. The series is balanced perfectly at 1-1, and the final Test will not just be decider of the series but it will also have a big impact on the World Test Championship (WTC) points table.
Both the teams played well in their respective victories and the final match of the series promises to be a great spectacle for cricket fans across the world. South Africa, in all likeliness, will stick to their winning combination, whereas India would be forced to make a couple of changes. Let’s have a look at two changes Team India will be forced to make in the final match of the Test series:
Virat Kohli replacing Hanuma Vihari
It is being reported that India’s Test captain Virat Kohli, who missed the second Test due to an injury, is likely to comeback for the series decider, and lead Team India in the way all their fans are used to. His comeback will be a big boost for Team India, but this would also mean that Hanuma Vihari will once again have to be the man who makes the way for the incoming star and he will be on the bench despite batting brilliantly in the second Test. Some fans and pundits have argued that Vihari should retain his place and Ajinkya Rahane should go out, but it is unlikely that India will drop Rahane for such an important match because he batted well in the second Test and constructed a crucial partnership for India, and, also, he has a good past experience of playing in South Africa.
Mohammed Siraj will miss the third Test due to an injury
India’s young ‘swinging’ sensation Mohammed Siraj is unavailable for the final Test and he has opened a place for either of Umesh Yadav or Ishant Sharma to come in. It would be interesting to see who India chose to go with as the third fast bowling option along with Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.