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3rd Test: Predicted Indian line-up against SA



The 3rd Test between South Africa and India is all set to start from the 11th of January.

Both teams will clash in the series decider to win the series as the series is tied at 1-1.

India registered a commanding and comfortable victory in the First Test match while South Africa made a great comeback in the 2nd Test match, completing a historic win against the India at Johannesburg.

Virat Kohli missed the 2nd Test match due to an injury but the Indian skipper is now declared fit and he will be back into the side as a captain in the 3rd Test.

He will most probably replace Hanuma Vihari in the playing XI.

The luck is against Hanuma Vihari once again as he will be dropped from the 11 even after performing well in the 2nd Test.

He is a very talented player but unfortunately, he is unable to become a regular member of the team due to the depth in Indian bench strength.

Mohammed Siraj will also miss the 3rd Test due to a hamstring injury, he also struggled to bowl in the 2nd Test due to this injury.

It will be tough for the team management to choose between Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav in place of Siraj in the last test match.

Ishant Sharma will most probably get the chance to play in the team in place of Siraj due to his experience in the South African conditions.

So, here is the most Predicted playing 11 of team India for the 5th Test.

The Openers

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal will open the innings for Team India without any doubt.

Both of them are in brilliant form in this series especially Rahul who has already scored a hundred and a superb half-century in this series.

His hundred helped the Indian team to win the first Test match.

Agarwal is also in a good form but unfortunately, he failed to convert his good starts into big hundreds in the series.


The middle order of team India will include Chateshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant.

Pujara hasn’t been in great form from the last two years but he played a handy knock alongside Rahane in the second Test match.

The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli will be looking to start 2022 superbly by scoring a big hundred in this match as 2021 was a very bad year for him.

Rishabh Pant will be the wicketkeeper for the India in the 3rd match but he will be under huge pressure to score runs without playing a loose shot.


Shardul Thakur and Ravichandran Ashwin will be the all-rounders for Team India in the 3rd Test.

Thakur has bowled a magnificent spell of bowling in the second Test match, he picked up a record 7 wicket haul at the Johannesburg.

Ashwin has only picked up 2 wickets in the series so far but India needs him not only in the bowling department but also in the batting department.

Ashwin is a handy number 7 batter in Test cricket.

Fast Bowling department

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, and Ishant Sharma will lead India’s fast bowling department.

Bumrah is bowling brilliantly in this series so far but unfortunately, he hasn’t picked up many wickets.

Shami bowled superbly in the 1st Test match and helped his side to win the match.

The fast bowling lineup will become more stronger after the addition of the experienced Ishant Sharma in the side. 

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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