Updated December 25th, 2023 at 16:31 IST

'I am not sure how long...': Rohit Sharma's worrisome update ahead of IND vs SA 1st Test

After the completion of the ODI series, the first Test match between India and South Africa will take place on Boxing Day at the SuperSport Park.

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Rohit Sharma in a practice session
Rohit Sharma in a practice session | Image:PTI

A tough challenge is waiting for Team India as they are about to embark on a Test series against South Africa. The first match is scheduled to start on Boxing Day at SuperSports Park. Having already claimed the ODI series the Indian Team will be full of confidence coming into the game.

3 things you need to know

  • India to play two Test matches against South Africa
  • The first Test will start on Boxing Day
  • India has never won a Test series in South Africa

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India will have a task cut out against South Africa

The World Cup loss is still fresh in everyone's minds as the Men in Blue have faltered again in the last hurdle. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli took an extended time off and will be ready to go all guns blazing against the Proteas in the first match. It won't be an easy task but this team has achieved impossible things in the past and this could be the best chance to break the South African hoodoo.


KL Rahul played the role of a full-fledged wicketkeeper in the World Cup and there have been a lot of rumours floating around with his role in the Test Team.


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Rohit Sharma explains KL Rahul's role 

Earlier Rahul Dravid put his confidence in Rahul's wicket keeping and Rohit too has now validated Rahul's work behind the stumps claiming the player can keep on doing the job as long as he wants.

"I felt the way he kept in the World Cup, he worked really hard and was impressive. It gives us the option to play a solid batter in the middle order. He does most of things right when he bats in the middle order in ODIs. He knows the situation and how to bat. I am not sure how long he wants to keep but as long as he does, he'll do well."


Apart from keeping the wickets Rahul also accumulated 452 runs at an average of 75.33 in the ICC world Cup.


Published December 25th, 2023 at 16:31 IST

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