Indian skipper Virat Kohli, along with head coach Ravi Shastri, had come under heavy criticism for dropping Ajinkya Rahane in the first two Test matches of the three-match series in South Africa.
After their back-to-back loss at Newlands Cape Town and Centurion by 72 runs and 135 runs, respectively, the cricket lovers of India were expecting some changes in the team and the team management did the same. Two changes happened in India’s playing eleven from the second Test. Test specialist Ajinkya Rahane replaced Rohit Sharma and star pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in place of R Ashwin for the third Test.
Rahane’s inclusion in the team was more or less expected, however, benching R Ashwin, who performed well in both the Test matches, came as a surprise.
However, the cricket lovers are happy with Rahane’s inclusion in the third Test.
Check out the Tweets:
— @SirMSDhoni (@BharwadHarsh) January 24, 2018
Ajinkya rahane returns to the squad. Now he is been given this one chance to prove himself and if he doesn’t then people will again have a point of view of he being out of form etc. One chance is unjust.
— Varad Barbhai (@Jawani_Ka_Josh) January 24, 2018
— Anuj Chauhan (@Anujkumar215) January 24, 2018
If india wants win in overseas ajinkya rahane must have in a team.
— Bainzzz (@Bainzzz1) January 24, 2018
— #UdtaIndian (@MrSomeBody21) January 24, 2018
— Kumar (@KingRo9999) January 24, 2018
— Somu Kumarasamy (@somu_ks) January 24, 2018
— Jatin Talreja (@JatinTalreja01) January 24, 2018
3rd Test – Day 1 – Wanderers
Indian Team – All pace attack, & Ajinkya Rahane back in team replacing Rohit Sharma.
Ashwin should have been in team in place of Bumrah.
Team: Virat, Murali, Rahul, Pujara, Rahane, Parthiv, Pandya, Bhuvi, Ishant, Shami, Bumrah.#proteas
— AchheDin (@Dilliwala001) January 24, 2018
Waiting for greatest test batsman Ajinkya Rahane. 😍 https://t.co/12Iv9ttEVt
— HBD JAY (@RohitsAvenger) January 24, 2018
Prediction : Ajinkya Rahane will Score Century #INDvsSA
— చందుగాడు (@Chandann9999) January 24, 2018
— sumit choudhary 🇮🇳 (@mesumitkumar) January 24, 2018
Earlier, Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat in the third Test match. He said , “We are going to bat first. There is a good grass covering here and it’s always been there. If we bat first and bat well, it’s always an added advantage. We’ve played some really good cricket here. Even the last time around, we did well. It should be a good contest. We are up against a side who are really strong in their conditions as they have shown in the first two Tests. We are trying to improve as a side and correct our mistakes. It’s never too late to do it. We have made two changes. Rahane replaces Rohit and Bhuvneshwar come in for Ashwin.”