IND vs SA 2nd TEST: Shreyas Iyer OUT, Abhimanyu Easwaran IN; India’s Predicted Playing XI!

The 2nd Test between India and South Africa will be played at Newlands in Cape Town.

After a disappointing start to the Test series against South Africa, India is gearing up for the second Test at Newlands in Cape Town. Having faced an innings defeat in Centurion, the Indian team is poised to make strategic changes in their playing XI to bounce back in the series. The upcoming Test, starting on January 3, 2024, presents an opportunity for India to level the series and avoid the ignominy of a Test series defeat in South Africa.

IND vs SA 2nd TEST: Shreyas Iyer OUT, Abhimanyu Easwaran IN; India's Predicted Playing XI!

The first Test in Centurion ended in a crushing defeat for India, losing by an innings and 32 runs. To bounce back and salvage pride, the team management is considering tweaks to both the batting and bowling departments.

With the option of including Abhimanyu Easwaran, who replaced Ruturaj Gaikwad in the Test squad, India is likely to introduce fresh blood into the batting order. Shreyas Iyer, who faced a challenging time in the Centurion Test, may make way for Easwaran, the former India A captain known for his solid technique and temperament. The move aims to strengthen the middle order and provide stability in the batting lineup. He made his first-class debut for Bengal in 2013 and quickly impressed with his consistent performances, amassing over 6,000 runs in first-class cricket at an impressive average of 47.24. 

In the bowling department, the return of star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is anticipated. Jadeja missed the series opener due to upper back spasms, and his absence was felt both with the bat and ball. The world No. 1 Test bowler Ravichandran Ashwin, who replaced Jadeja, failed to make a significant impact. Jadeja’s inclusion will not only bolster the batting but also add variety and effectiveness to the spin department in overseas conditions.

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India’s Predicted Playing XI for 2nd Test against South Africa:

1. Rohit Sharma (c)

2. Yashasvi Jaiswal

3. Shubman Gill

4. Virat Kohli

5. Abhimanyu Easwaran

6. KL Rahul (wk)

7. Ravindra Jadeja

8. Shardul Thakur

9. Jasprit Bumrah

10. Mukesh Kumar

11. Mohammed Siraj

India has never managed to clinch a Test series victory in South Africa, and the loss in the series opener makes this achievement elusive once again. However, the team is determined to win the Cape Town Test and salvage pride, avoiding the embarrassment of a Test series defeat on South African soil.

IND vs SA 2nd TEST: Shreyas Iyer OUT, Abhimanyu Easwaran IN; India's Predicted Playing XI!

The Cape Town Test presents a pivotal moment for India to regroup, learn from the Centurion setback, and deliver a resilient performance. The predicted changes in the playing XI indicate a proactive approach by the team management to adapt to the conditions and mount a strong challenge against South Africa. As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the outcome, the second Test promises intense competition and a test of India’s character in challenging overseas conditions.

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