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KL Rahul to replace Shikhar Dhawan for 2nd Test against SA

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The young debutant Jasprit Bumrah’s selection for the 1st Test over the more experienced Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav raised eyebrows
Benching Lokesh Rahul to open with Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay; benching Ajinkya Rahane at No. 5 and opting for Rohit Sharma also surprised a few
Media can confirm that Karnataka opener KL Rahul – who sat out the first Test – will return to the playing eleven at the Centurion
In a Test match build-up, few elements make for a juicy debate the way dissecting a combination of the playing eleven does. Why this batsman and why not that. Why a five-bowler attack at the cost of an extra batsman. Why risk a debutant in place of an experienced Test cap.
Experts rarely come to an agreement on these issues with opinions alone adding to the build-up of a game like little else. The Cape Town Test, one that India lost to South Africa by 72 runs in almost four days, with one of those days getting robbed by rain, led to one such build-up. The young debutant Jasprit Bumrah’s selection over the more experienced Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav wasn’t spared either, except that the bowler with the unorthodox action, mere 24 years of age, put an end to this one debate after bowling the spell of the Test match.

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