Centurions: The stage is set for an epic Rainbow Nation battle as South Africa at home take on Virat Kohli-led India in the first Test match of the 3-match series at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Boxing Day. Before the Men in Blue took to the field, head coach Rahul Dravid spoke to the media on Saturday in a virtual press conference and finally had his say on Kohli’s captain line, which created a huge stir in the world of cricket.Also Read – Rohit Sharma & Rahul Dravid Are In The Saddle Now: Batting Coach Vikram Rathour Hails Rishabh Pants
The Indian legend was in no mood to discuss ‘internal conversations’ as he respects the decision made by the selectors. Also Read – Rahul Dravid will do an outstanding job as India coach, says Sourav Ganguly
“To be honest, that’s the job of the coaches. I’m not going to get into conversations that I might or might not have had. Neither the place nor the time for this, nor to discuss my internal conversations in the media,” Dravid told the media. Also Read – Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid were one of the main reasons for Shoaib Akhtar’s retirement
The ‘Wall’ recognizes the role played by the captain of the red ball as the former RCB skipper has been fantastic, both as a player and as a leader. He also said his performance in the next set of tests will eventually benefit the team in due course.
“Virat played a huge role in this. As a player and a leader he was fantastic. He is one of those people who really love test cricket, hope he has a great streak. It will benefit the team,” he said.
Likely Game XI
India: Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Mayank Agarwal/Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj/Ishant Sharma.