Not Hanuma Vihari; Gautam Gambhir Wants Ajinkya Rahane Dropped From India’s Playing XI to Accommodate Captain Virat Kohli For 3rd Test at Cape Town

Ind vs SA, 3rd Test: Gautam Gambhir suggested that the side retains Vihari and drops Ajinkya Rahane to accommodate Kohli. 

Updated: January 11, 2022 12:14 PM IST

By India.com Sports Desk | Edited by Ankit Banerjee

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IND vs SA, 3rd Test Captain Virat Kohli to play Cape Town Test

Cape Town: While speculations are rife that Hanuma Vihari, despite his good show at Johannesburg, will be the one making way for regular Test captain Virat Kohli’s return to the side in the side for the third and final Test, ex-India opener Gautam Gambhir thinks otherwise. The cricketer-turned-politician suggested that the side retains Vihari and drops Ajinkya Rahane to accommodate Kohli.

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“Once again, I will not win many fans for saying this but I would leave out Ajinkya Rahane to accommodate the Indian captain. I am more in favour of Hanuma Vihari to continue in the middle-order. Even in the past, Vihari has been left out conveniently to accommodate senior batters. I am not sure this is how a young talent should be looked after. I have nothing against Rahane, he is a nice guy with a good heart and showed some form in the last game as well. But if I had anything to do with India cricket, I would be worried for Vihari,” Gambhir wrote in his column for The Times of India.

It would be interesting to see who finally has to sit out for Kohli. Gambhir, for sure, has made a valid point and it could be bold of the Indian management to pick up the suggestion.

For India, Kohli’s return would boost morale after the loss. India would also realise that there is history at stake. India has never won a Test series on South African soil and the side realises this is their best chance.

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 12:13 PM IST

Updated Date: January 11, 2022 12:14 PM IST