India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli Closes In On Rahul Dravid In Elite List Topped By Sachin Tendulkar
Virat Kohli did not feature in the second Test due to an upper back spasm as India lost the game by seven wickets.
- Virat Kohli is likely to return to the playing XI for the series-decider
- Kohli would look to help India win their 1st Test series in South Africa
- He will also eye a personal milestone in Cape Town
After missing the second Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, Team India regular captain Virat Kohli is likely to return to the playing XI for the series-deciding third Test at the Newlands in Cape Town. Kohli did not feature in the second Test due to an upper back spasm as India lost the game by 7 wickets. With the series now level at 1-1, Kohli would aim to help India win their first-ever Test series on South African soil. Besides that, the 33-year-old will also eye a personal milestone in Cape Town.
Kohli is just 14 runs away from overtaking former India batter Rahul Dravid as India's second-highest run-getter in South Africa in the longest format of the game.
Kohli, who averages around 50 in South Africa, has so far scored 611 runs against the Proteas in the longer format of the game. The current of the India team, on the other hand, aggregated 624 runs in 11 Test matches in South Africa.
Meanwhile, former India batter Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with 1,161 runs from 15 Tests in South Africa, averaging 46.44, including three centuries and two fifties.
For the record, South Africa remains the only Test playing nation against whom India have never won an away Test series.
In the ongoing three match, India had won the first Test against South Africa by 113-run win In Centurion. However, a Kohli-less India lost the second Test by seven wickets in Johannesburg as the Proteas levelled the three-match series 1-1.
The third and final Test will start from Tuesday, January 11 at the Newlands in Cape Town.