India’s squad for 2nd SA test: BCCI adds Avesh Khan as Shami’s replacement

Avesh Khan
Avesh Khan (image: BCCI)

BCCI announces Avesh Khan as Mohammed Shami’s replacement for the second Test match in India’s South Africa tour.

India’s squad for 2nd SA test

The Board of Control of Cricket in India has added Avesh Khan to India’s squad for the 2nd SA test on December 29, 2023. Avesh Khan was part of the Indian T20I and ODI squad that featured in the South Africa tour.

The Pacer is yet to make his Test debut and will be featuring in the second test against Proteas Men. India suffered a defeat in the first test against South Africa by an innings and 32 runs.

Shami was named in the initial squad for the tour, but after failed to clear fitness clearance. BCCI medical team did not approve and he was subsequently ruled out of the series.

Winning the toss, South Africa chose to bowl where they had early dismissals and stunned the Indian side. Rohit was sent out by Rabada for 5 runs while Nandre Burger dismissed Shubman Gill and Jaiswal for two and 17 runs.

Virat Kohli had 38 runs before his dismissal by Rabada. At the moment, KL Rahul shined to smash a century on 137 deliveries. Other wickets were dismissed at regular intervals. With the dismissal of KL Rahul for 101, India concluded their innings for 245 runs.

After starting their innings, South African players Dean Elgar and David Bedingham joined forces after the dismissal of Aiden Markram, Tony, and Petersen. On the second day of the innings where Dean Elgar scored a century and overshadowed KL Rahul’s ton.

They completed the day with a score of 218 runs for 3 wickets. After resuming their innings Dean Elgar continued to bat and scored 185 runs before being dismissed by Thakur. South Africa’s Dean Elgar was exceptionally impressive as he helped the side to score 408 runs.

After starting the second innings, India was folded for 131 runs in the second innings and lost the match.

Despite losing their first test, India will be playing their second test against Proteas men starting on January 03, 2024, at Newlands Cricket Ground.

India squad for South Africa 2nd Test

 Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Prasidh Krishna, KS Bharat (wk), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Avesh Khan.