India vs South Africa 3rd test 2018 live- How many runs Virat Kohli will score?
As Indian captain and swashbuckling batsman, Virat Kohli, is under mounting criticism for his side’s miserable performance in South Africa, everyone is wondering as to how many runs he will score in the third test. There is no denying that he is the best batsman around at almost every level and has performed very well when it comes to his own game.
The third game that hasn’t started the way the Indian captain might have thought is the only chance to redeem some pride for him. If India win the third test match against arch-rival South Africa, the team will be able to end the disastrous tour 1-2 against the hosts. Even though the series has already been lost by now 2-0, the 2-1 will see India restoring some sort of pride in the Indian side.
Right now every one seems to be casting aspersion at Virat Kohli and his captaincy. Former South African captain Graeme Smith has said that he doesn’t see Kohli as a long term prospect as Indian captain.
While talking to the media recently, Smith, who happens to be the most successful South African test captain said, “When I look at Virat, I think he needs someone in the support staff who can constructively challenge him and help him grow…He has all the capabilities tactically, he knows his own game, he sets the standard in the field for everyone else”.
If that was not enough, he went on to add, “I think if he had a really constructive person in his environment, who could talk to him, make him think, maybe even challenge him with some different ideas, in a constructive way, not an angry or aggressive way, but make him think, open his eyes to other possibilities, that would make him a really good leader.”
In the last match he scored 152 in the first inning, the highest individual score by any player from both the teams. But that was last game. If he doesn’t perform well in the third test, criticism against India’s one of the best batsmen will go through the roof and everyone will start demanding his head.
In the meantime in the third test, Kohli won the toss for India and the visitors decided to bat at the Wanderers.
While many would have thought, bowling to be a good idea, but the captain seems to have resisted the temptation of bowling on a green pitch with moisture retained from overnight rain. This is the first match in which Kohli has won the toss.
India: 1 M Vijay, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt.), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Parthiv Patel (wk), 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa: 1 Dean Elgar, 2 Aiden Markram, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 AB de Villiers, 5 Faf du Plessis (capt.), 6 Quinton de Kock (wk), 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Lungi Ngidi