Virat Kohli in For Ravichandran Ashwin? Aakash Chopra Suggests BOLD Change in India’s Playing XI For 3rd Test at Cape Town

As per Chopra, all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin should be dropped for the final Test for Kohli's comeback.

Updated: January 11, 2022 8:28 AM IST

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Aakash Chopra Suggests India's Playing XI For Cape Town.

Cape Town: One big piece of news for Indian fans is the return of regular Test captain, Virat Kohli. Kohli missed out the second Test at Johannesburg and India lost. His return is expected to change the fortunes of the visiting side. But, who does he replace in the XI – Ajinkya Rahane or Hanuma Vihari? Up until now, these two players were looked at as options to make way for the Indian captain, but ex-opener Aakash Chopra has made a bold choice.

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As per Chopra, all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin should be dropped for the final Test for Kohli’s comeback. He feels with Vihari able to bowl spin, it would be wiser for India to field four pacers.

“I feel you should consider if Ashwin should be played at all in Cape Town because even Hanuma Vihari will bowl the number of overs he is bowling. And Hanuma Vihari can bat better than him,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.

“You go in with four fast bowlers and keep Hanuma Vihari as the fifth because you are scoring very few runs in the batting in any case. And once Virat Kohli comes, you will have to make someone sit out. So instead of Vihari, you can make Ashwin sit out,” Chopra explained.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj is set to miss the final Test at Newlands. It would be interesting to see who replaces him. The talk is that Ishant Sharma would be the one to replace Siraj.

IND vs SA Test Squads

INDIA – Virat Kohli (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Priyank Panchal

South Africa – Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma (c), Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen. Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Prenelan Subrayen, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton, Duanne Olivier

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Published Date: January 11, 2022 8:26 AM IST

Updated Date: January 11, 2022 8:28 AM IST