Team India defeated South Africa in the second Test by an innings and 137 runs. The Virat Kohli-led side have already pocketed the series 2-0 after thumping wins in Vishakhapatnam and Pune. With still a game to go, the final Test scheduled in Ranchi will not be a dead-rubber as both teams will be looking to tally up some points in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship.
The Proteas will step into Ranchi having already lost the series. However, the Faf du Plessis-led side will be looking to register their first points on the championship table. The Indian team, who became World No 1 Test side in 2016, continue to dominate the inaugural edition of Test championship by winning all their matches so far. With a win in the third Test, Team India will complete their second successive clean-sweep after their 2-0 win in the Caribbean.
South African opening batsman Aiden Markram suffered a self-inflicted injury after his dismissal in the second innings in Pune. Markram was trapped in front of the stumps by Ishant Sharma to register his second duck of the match. The batsman lashed out at a solid object in frustration, which resulted in the injury. According to the team doctor Hashendra Ramjee, a CT scan indicates a fracture in his wrist bones. The right-handed batsman was therefore ruled out of the third Test and will immediately fly back to South Africa to see a specialist. Senior spinner Keshav Maharaj was also ruled out from the visitor’s squad to further compound their chances.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma (vc), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, George Linde, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second