An ex-India selector has cautioned Cheteshwar Pujara that his poor batting form puts him at risk of losing his position in the team.
An emphatic victory over South Africa in Centurion gave India a commanding lead in the three-match series. Nevertheless, India’s middle-order remains a source of concern for the team’s management, as senior batsmen such as skipper Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Cheteshwar Pujara are yet to find their batting form. If they do not, they may be rested soon. KL’s batting staff isn’t doing well.” Only Rahul and Virat Kohli are crucial, but they can’t carry the team alone. Here, I’d like to focus on Pujara, telling him, “You have to make runs since you are a senior player and if this flop performance continues, you will have to be rested soon.” According to Sarandeep Singh, a former Indian cricketer,
India’s first-ever victory in Centurion was achieved by the Virat Kohli-led team in the first Test. There is a growing belief that India will win their first Test series in South Africa after their emphatic victory over the hosts.
As for South Africa, they are playing for fun rather than winning the series, and I am confident that we will take the series. There is no Quinton de Kock in the lineup thus the batting order would crumble severely and our team is going well,” Sarandeep told ANI. “They have a weak batting and bowling line-up.”
The Indian bowlers have been outstanding in Centurion, knocking the Proteas for fewer than 200 runs in both innings of the match. Team management now has a plethora of youthful speed alternatives to pick from, while experienced players like Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are being overlooked.
Our bowling unit is doing admirably, and Siraj’s inclusion ahead of Ishant in the lineup demonstrates the caliber of his game and his contribution to the team’s success. Bumrah is one of our greatest players, and we’re blown away by how he performs on the field. The series is certainly going to India,” Sarandeep Singh confirmed to ANI.
Indian pacers are hoping to give their team an unassailable 2-0 lead in Johannesburg and if they accomplish that they would make history by being the first Indian team to win a Test series in South Africa if they do so.