Own report: Virat Kohli was forced to withdraw from the second Test of the Wanderers in Johannesburg due to a last minute back injury. Shortly before the Joe Berg toss, it was announced that Kohli was retiring from the 99th Test of his career. He was replaced by Hanuma Vihari. The baton of captaincy went to KL Rahul. The third and final Test of the series, which starts in Cape Town on January 11. India must win this test. Only then is it possible to write history by winning the series in South Africa.
Kohli’s comeback in Cape Town is almost certain. Rahul gave that hint after the Test in Joe Berg. Mohammed Siraj, on the other hand, suffered a hamstring injury while bowling. He did not return to the field after the first day. The BCCI also did not comment on Siraj’s injury. This time Rahul also gave an update on Siraj’s injury. Regarding Virat, Rahul said, “Virat is feeling better than before. He has netted in the last few days. He is in fielding and running. I hope he will be fine.” On the other hand, regarding Siraj’s injury, Rahul added, “We have to see Siraj in the net. It is difficult to come back quickly after recovering from a hamstring injury. But our reserve bench is strong. We have Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.”
Kohli has not scored three figures in Tests since 2019. In the last two innings of the last Test, many of the off stumps have been knocked out unnecessarily. Not only that, last year, Kohli returned with a stab in the last 10 innings on foreign soil. Added to this is the ‘jihad’ against the BCCI. With this in mind, Kohli will take the field. If he can win the Cape Town Test, he will be the first Indian captain to write a history of winning a Test series in South Africa.