India vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 1: Ajinkya Rahane, Vice Captain, Dropped For Series Opener; Fans Shocked

Updated: 05 January 2018 18:20 IST

Ajinkya Rahane did not make the playing XI for the 1st Test vs South Africa, mystifying the fans.

India vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 1: Ajinkya Rahane, Vice Captain, Dropped For Series Opener; Fans Shocked
Ajinkya Rahane was dropped for the 1st Test against South Africa. © BCCI

The Indian cricket team on Friday made some interesting changes to the playing XI for the 1st Test against South Africa in Cape Town. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri decided to drop vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, while Jasprit Bumrah was handed his Test debut for the series opener. The exclusion of Rahane, who hasn't been firing of late, left the fans perplexed. The Mumbai batsman has been a consistent performer for the team on overseas conditions in the last couple of years. Moreover, Rahane offers a safe pair of hands in the slip cordon, which has been a problem area for this Indian side. Several fans were of the opinion that Rahane should have been picked over Rohit Sharma given the conditions on offer.

Fans reacted rather strongly as Kohli, who lost the toss, revealed his team ahead of the match.

South Africa are playing with four seamers -- Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn -- and a spinner.

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada.

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.

Topics : India South Africa Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane Newlands, Cape Town Cricket South Africa vs India 2018
Highlights
  • India dropped Ajinkya Rahane for the first Test
  • Jasprit Bumrah was handed his Test debut
  • Fans were not happy with Rahane's exclusion
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