The Hush Post: After the first Test loss to South Africa in Cape Town, it is time India made tough decisions. And that decision is likely going to be KL Rahul’s inclusion in place of Shikhar Dhawan. The case for young Rahul was already strong, given that the 25-year-old was in good nick, barring the last Test match he played in Nagpur. With both Dhawan and Vijay not doing themselves any favours, especially the former not doing too well in the field, the team management can be expected to take stern decisions including this one.
Similarly, Ajinkya Rahane is a better option compared to Rohit Sharma who otherwise has a penchant for double hundreds in ODIs on Indian pitches, but the moment he has to play tight deliveries in the corridor, he is complete lacklustre. Rahane is a classic Test match cricketer who deserves a place in the eleven, especially with India playing overseas when he averages close to 55. However, it seems unlikely that team India will opt for Rahane in the eleven and not Rohit. If Rahane is included the dropping of R Ashwin at Centurion would be imminent.
Among the bowlers, Ishant will again sit out, despite the lanky bowler having a lot of advantage because of his height, simply because Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Hardik Pandya were all amzing in the first Test match.