SA vs IND: Virat Kohli misses out 2nd Test at Johannesburg; KL Rahul leading India

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SA vs IND: Virat Kohli misses out 2nd Test at Johannesburg; KL Rahul leading India – Team India test Captain Virat Kohli misses out the second Test at Johannesburg and KL Rahul has joined Dean Elgar for the toss.

Rahul confirmed that Virat has had a back spasm which has forced him out of the game. Hanuma Vihari replaces the injured Kohli in the team.

KL Rahul won the toss and opted to bat first in second test against South Africa.

“Unfortunately Virat has had an upper back spasm and hopefully he’ll recover for the next Test. It is every Indian player’s dream to captain his country. Really honoured and looking forward to this challenge. We have had a few good wins here and hopefully we’ll look to continue that. Hanuma Vihari comes in place of VIrat. Just the one change. It was a good Test at Centurion overall. We really performed well as a team and are really excited about this match,” KL Rahul said at the toss.

SA vs IND: Virat Kohli misses out 2nd Test at Johannesburg; KL Rahul leading India

Team India began the Test series with vice-captain Rohit Sharma ruled out due to injury which saw Rahul then be appointed as the deputy. Rahul will also be leading India in the ODIs after the Test series as Rohit continues to recover from a hamstring injury at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.

The Indian team led by Virat Kohli won the first Test in energetic way, registering a 113-run victory and taking a 1-0 lead at Centurion. India’s bowlers were in good form and South Africa are without Quinton de Kock as he announced his retirement after the first test.

TEAMS:

India Playing XI: KL Rahul(c), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

South Africa Playing XI: Dean Elgar(c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne(w), Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi

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