India vs South Africa : four players under the scanner for the Test Series

After the T20Is, India and South Africa are preparing themselves up for a battle in the longest format. 

India will start their three-match Test series campaign at Vishakhapatnam on October 2, but before that, a three-day practice match will be held between India's Board Presidents XI and South Africa, starting from September 26. 

Both teams have many young names on their side and few of them will be making their debut in the upcoming series.

There are a few Indian players who are under the radar of the selectors during the series.

4. Rishabh Pant 

Rishabh Pant has been considered as the next long-term wicket-keeper for team India, but till now, he has given a mixed bag of performances and is yet to make a strong commitment under his name. 

In the recently concluded T20I series also, he was given chances to prove his worth, but he wasted it by playing some abysmal shots. 

Although, his Test match statistics are above average, that might not be enough to guarantee a position in the team. Till now, he has scored 754 runs in 18 innings with an average of 44.35.

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3. Wriddhiman Saha 

After the retirement of MS Dhoni from test cricket, Wriddhiman Saha was selected for donning the gloves for Team India. 

Till now, he has featured for the country in 32 matches, but he has been unable to give good performances when it comes to batting. 

There are chances that he might get a game or two in the upcoming test series, so selectors will definitely be looking forward to seeing if his game has improved. 

He last played against South Africa in January 2019, where he scored 0 and 8.

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2. Shubman Gill :

Shubman Gill earned his maiden call-up for the upcoming Test series because of his exceptional performances for India's A team, posting scores of 90, 204, 62, 77, 69 and 40 in the lead up to the series against South Africa. 

He also became the youngest Indian to score a first-class double century when he notched up an unbeaten 204 against West Indies A in the third unofficial Test. 

Most likely, he might get a chance in the playing XI. His first class statistics are mentioned below:

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Source : CricTracker

1. Rohit Sharma

After a lot of chances, KL Rahul has been dropped for his poor performances and Rohit Sharma might be selected to play as an opener in the upcoming test series against South Africa. 

Rohit has already established himself in the 50-over format, but is yet to cement his place in the longest format of the game. It can be a great chance for him to show his temperament in test cricket and make himself a permanent member of the team.

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Source : Hindustan Times

Statistics Source : ESPNCricInfo

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