Warm-up game vs SA will give Pujara, Rahul taste of Proteas pacers
The match will provide opportunities for young hopefuls from the host team to showcase their skills against a top-class international side, while giving Test squad members Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul quality time in the middle to settle in for the formidable task ahead.India vs South Africa 2015 Updated: Oct 29, 2015 12:28 IST
The two-day tour warm-up game against the Board President’s XI, commencing in Mumbai on Friday, will offer the touring South African side a decent chance to get into the groove for the longest version of the game after their victories in the T20 and ODI series against India.
The match, to be held at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium, equally provides opportunities for young hopefuls from the host team to showcase their skills against a top-class international side, while giving Test squad members Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul quality time in the middle to settle in for the formidable task ahead against the visitors.
Pujara and Rahul, who did not figure in the limited-overs formats against the visitors, will get a taste of the Proteas pace battery they will be up against in the upcoming four-Test series commencing at Mohali on November 5. For other talented and performing domestic players such as Delhi opener Unmukt Chand, and Karnataka and Mumbai middle order batsmen Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer, the game is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to come up with a telling performance to push their case further with the selectors.
Wicketkeeper Naman Ojha, second behind Wriddhiman Saha in the Test scenario, too, has been offered the chance to grab the moment for making his presence felt behind the wicket with his glove work and in front with the bat.
With an eye on shoring up the thin bowling stock, the selectors have chosen young Rajasthan pacer Nathu Singh and Mumbai new ball bowler Shardul Thakur and spinners Karn Sharma, Jayant Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav.
Traditional legspinner Karn Sharma has already tasted international cricket at the highest level while the two Yadavs seem to have been short-listed for their potential to fill in the back-up spots for off spin and left-arm spin, though of the Chinaman variety.
Haryana off spinner Jayant should merit a close look having already figured for India A against their South Africa and Bangladesh counterparts in the series earlier this season and done reasonably well.