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India vs South Africa 2023, 1st Test: Sunil Gavaskar picks playing XI; Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli repositioned – Magazine Creations

India vs South Africa, 1st ODI: Everyone is excited to watch India’s two-match Test series against South Africa. The visitors will be hoping to create history and become the second Asian team after Sri Lanka to defeat the Proteas in a Test series at home. In great news for Indian fans, star batsman Virat Kohli has returned to the team after a short break which BCCI sources described as a pre-planned trip to London.

Ahead of the first Test match at SuperSport Park in Centurion, legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar picked his starting XI and used some interesting positions of the players in the Indian team. Sunil Gavaskar seemed very impressed with young Indian pacer Yashasvi Jaiswal and retained him as the opener along with Rohit Sharma.

Shubman Gill, who usually opens with Rohit Sharma in the white-ball format, has been retained at number three, a position he held during the West Indies Test. Indian superstar Virat Kohli is No. 4, which justifies the responsibility he has in the long run of the game.

Sunil Gavaskar kept Indian ODI skipper KL Rahul as wicket-keeper and spinners Ravindra Jadeja, and Ravichandran Ashwin were included in the all-rounder.

“Playing my XI will be very simple. The openers will be Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma – the captain. No. 3 Shubman Gill, No. 4 – Kohli, No. 5 KL Rahul, and No. 6 Shreyas Iyer. Nos. 5 and 6 can move,” Gavaskar said. “And then there will be Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.” Star Sports.

The Centurion pitch is a seamers paradise as the seamers get adequate bounce to bowl some of the most lethal deliveries. Then I will have three fast bowlers – Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj,” Gavaskar added.

India’s pace attack is sure to take a hit as World Cup star Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the South Africa series due to ankle injuries, but the team that includes Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah together has less things to worry about.

Sunil Gavaskar India XI for the first Test against South Africa

Openers: Rohit Sharma (center), Yashavi Jaiswal,

Top ranking: Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli,

Average ranking: Shreyas Iyer, Kuala Lumpur Rahul (week),

All sides: Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin,

shooters: Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

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Published: 24 December 2023 04:25 PM IST

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