Ajit Agarkar gave his thoughts on India’s performance in the first Test against South Africa.
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal handed India a solid first-innings score.
Both batters reached the milestone of 50 hits.
At the first Test against South Africa in Centurion, Ajit Agarkar gave his thoughts on India’s performance.
At Centurion’s SuperSport Park, India continued their quest to win a Test series against South Africa on Sunday, with the opening of the first Test. In addition to Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, and Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur received a call-up. All eyes were on Indian openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul to see if the Karnataka combo would step up in the absence of India’s newly-appointed Test vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who is out of the Test series with a hamstring injury.
Mayank and Rahul had an 83-run partnership in the first session of the day in Centurion after India won the toss and opted to bat.
According to former Indian paceman Ajit Agarkar, India’s performance in their opening innings was exactly what they could have expected from their team.
“That Rohit Sharma was unable to participate in the Test series was a significant setback. It was always going to be important to get off to a good start, and India has done just that. India has gotten off to the best possible start “On Day 1, Ajit Agarkar went on Star Sports’ lunch show and said something like that.
During the first session, Mayank stepped up and scored 46 runs, including seven boundaries. Quinton de Kock, of the delivery of debutant Marco Jansen, however, dropped him on 36.
Mayank and Cheteshwar Pujara were both bowled out early in the second session by Lungi Ngidi.
Rahul Dravid’s first overseas assignment since taking over from Ravi Shastri is the current tour of Australia and New Zealand.
India will play three Tests and an equal number of One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in South Africa.