Match Preview

India will face South Africa in the 1st Test on 26 December at SuperSport Park, Centurion. South Africa’s World Test Championship campaign will begin with a home series against India. Dean Elgar has been named as the Proteas’ Test captain. Temba Bavuma has been appointed as Elgar’s deputy, and the hosts will have to be on their toes when they face India in a few weeks.

India, on the other hand, will be riding high after a two-match Test series victory over New Zealand at home. They will, however, be mindful of the Proteas threat. Virat’s team has wowed everyone in the last 12 months, defeating Australia and then leading England in a Test series by a 2-1 margin. Their next task will be to travel to South Africa and defeat the Rainbow Nation. In South Africa, India has only won three Tests out of a total of twenty. They are, however, well-prepared this time and have the ability to win their maiden Test series on unfriendly soil.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is balanced and will be better suited for pacers.

Overcast clouds with temperatures at 18-19° C


Total matches                           26

Matches won batting first      11

Matches won bowling first     11

Average 1st Inns scores          329

Average 2nd Inns scores         326

Average 3rd Inns scores         237

Average 4th Inns scores         161

Highest total recorded           621/10 (142.1 Ov) by RSA vs SL

Lowest total recorded 101/10 (34.4 Ov) by ENG vs RSA

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Quinton de Kock – The right-handed batsman’s accomplishments are incredible, and it’s clear to understand why he’s already being hailed as a future great. Not only is de Kock a fantastic hitter, but he also adds significant value to the team by wearing gloves.

Matches – 53

Runs – 3245

Average – 39.09

2) Rishabh Pant – The left-handed batsman is a dynamic player from his squad. His excellent skills as a wicketkeeper are something that his team can benefit from.

Matches – 25

Runs – 1549

Average – 39.71

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) KL Rahul – He is a dependable player, and his unwavering determination, compact, airtight technique, and persistent attention in the crease are all reasons to select him for the team.

Matches – 40

Runs – 2321

Average – 35.16

2) Temba Bavuma – Temba Bavuma isn’t the most visually appealing batsman in the world, but despite his flaws, he has developed into a valuable Test player for South Africa. The small right-hander has a strong defence and may be difficult to remove.

Matches – 44

Runs – 2097

Average – 47.70                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3) Dean Elgar – In the realm of cricket, there are two types of batsmen. There’s the stoic bore of a batsman who hardly appears like he’s surviving; as if he’s a misfit pushed into the world of cricket, and there’s the superstar, stroke-making kind who drops jaws with his daring. Dean Elgar is a big fan of the latter type of batsman.

Matches – 69

Runs – 4347

Average – 46.99

4) Virat Kohli – When the circumstances call for it, he is known to be highly lethal with his agile footwork against the spinners. He is known as an aggressive batter who is always looking for runs, and he possesses a reasonably decent technique that allows him to judge the length of the ball earlier than most batsmen.

Matches – 97

Runs – 7801

Average – 50.65

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Jasprit Bumrah – Bumrah is a right-arm fast bowler with an unusual sling-arm movement and natural pace, and his deliveries have a distinctive release point that makes it difficult for batsmen to pick him out.

Matches – 24

Wickets – 101

Economy – 2.65

2) Mohammed Siraj – Siraj has a deceptive run-up that initially gives the impression that a left-arm bowler is on his way in. He is, however, a right-handed pitcher who, according to him, is a natural at getting the ball to swing into the right-hander. He has always been able to bowl a fast bouncer.

Matches – 10

Wickets – 33

Economy – 3.08

3) Kagiso Rabada – Rabada can swing the ball conventionally, but he loves to utilise scrambling seam deliveries to make it seem off the wicket, especially when the seam is prominent and likely to induce deviations off the surface.

Matches – 47

Wickets – 213

Economy – 3.30

4) Keshav Maharaj – Keshav Maharaj is a dedicated and enthusiastic performer. A calculated left-arm orthodox spinner with the ability to bowl at any stage of the innings, as well as a useful right-handed lower-order batter. His real test may come in the subcontinent, but for the time being, he’s established himself as South Africa’s go-to bowler in the red-ball format.

Matches – 36

Wickets – 129

Economy – 32.30

Top All-rounder Pick

1) Ravichandran Ashwin – Ashwin made a name for himself in the IPL with his shrewd and street-smart exploits in the shorter format of the game. He has made it a habit to pick up wickets, especially when the conditions are dry and dusty, which encourages turn. He’s created a reputation for himself in the shorter formats, where his accuracy and shrewdness have helped him establish himself as a reliable bowler.

Matches – 81

Wickets – 427

Economy – 2.77

Predicted Playing 11

South Africa

Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Keegan Petersen, Quinton de Kock (wk), Wiaan Mulder/ Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Duanne Olivier, Keshav Maharaj.


Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah.


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