Board Pres XI face in-form Proteas in practice game
The young Indian cricketers of the Board President’s XI will be out to prove a point or two when they take on the South Africans in a two-day practice match which starts here at the Brabourne Stadium on Friday.
Led by Cheteshwar Pujara, the Board President’s XI features upcoming youngsters like Lokesh Rahul, Unmukt Chand, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Naman Ojha and Karn Sharma who will form a talented squad against the in-form South African side.
After the Twenty20 and One-Day International (ODI) series loss, India will face South Africa in a four-match Test series, and it will be a test for the visitors to shift their gears from limited overs to the longest format of the game with the much-needed warm-up match leading up to the first Test starting on November 5 in Mohali.
While their skipper Pujara has played 28 Tests, Naman Ojha and Karn Sharma have made just one Test appearance each. The duo along with their other uncapped teammates will look to use their first-class experience to the best effect. The strong and balanced Proteas side will, obviously, look to keep their winning momentum intact. The match will also offer the Indian youngsters a rare opportunity to prove themselves against international opponents, scoring runs against the likes of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir. They will also take a look at the experienced AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla from up close to gain the much-needed confidence to make it to the Test level. With the Indian Test squad for the first 2 matches already announced, it will be a golden opportunity for the young players to prove themselves and remain in contention for a call-up for the final 2 matches.
Chance for young hopefuls to push for India call-up
The two-day tour warm-up game against Board President’s XI, commencing here on Friday, offers the touring South African cricketers a decent chance to get into the groove for the longest version of the game after their successful run in the T20 and ODI series against India. The match, to be held at the Cricket Club of India s Brabourne Stadium, equally provides opportunities for young hopefuls from the home team to showcase their skills against a top class international side, while giving Test squad members Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul quality time in the middle to settle in for the formidable task ahead against the visitors. Pujara and Rahul would get a taste of the classy and frightening pace battery they would be up against in the upcoming four-Test series commencing at Mohali on November 5.