Mohammad Shami To Be Ruled Out Of South Africa Test Series

Team India is currently touring South Africa to play a full-fledged series, which includes T20Is, ODIs, and Tests. Some of the big players like Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, etc have been given rest in the white ball leg of the tour. They are set to be back for the 2-match test series, starting from December 26. But before the series, Team India might face a huge blow as their spearhead pacer Mohammad Shami is unlikely to feature in the test series. He is facing some issues with his ankle. We will give you the full details in this article.

Mohammad Shami to miss the test series in South Africa

After the ODI World Cup 2023, some of the big players mentioned above were set to be back in action for the South Africa test series. But one of the mainstay of Team India’s bowling, Mohammad Shami is now in serious doubt to play in the upcoming two-match test series against South Africa due to his issue with his ankle.

It is learned that Mohammad Shami has been facing this issue for a while now. He even carried this in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. Particularly, the pacer was facing some discomfort while landing his right foot at the time of delivering the ball.

Big Blow for Team India

Although Mohammad Shami told during the Aaj Ka Agenda on Aaj Tak and India Today Group that he is ready to play. But he also mentioned that if he didn’t feel any discomfort and pain, only then he will go to South Africa to play the test series.

Now, it looks like Mohammad Shami will not play in the test series due to his ankle injury. It will be a huge blow to Team India as he is an integral part of the bowling unit. He is also the most experienced bowler of all of them who are in the squad. Team India will miss his services in the test series.

BCCI already conveyed the message before

Before picking the squads for the SA tour, the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) has cleared that Mohammad Shami’s availability in the test series will be subject to his fitness. BCCI has announced the squad for the T20Is, ODIs, Tests, A side, and an intra-squad game as well on November 30. The 3 T20I series ended in a draw by 1-1 with one game washed out due to rain.

Now, the 3-match ODI series will start on December 17 at Johannesburg. The test series will commence from December 26 at Centurion. Cape Town will host the 2nd test, starting from January 03.

Test regulars already left for South Africa

The last batch of players which includes Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, etc has already left for South Africa on December 15 for the test series. Harshit Rana, R Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, etc will also be part of that group. They will fly to South Africa via Dubai.

No replacement named for Mohammad Shami

The 33-year-old pacer will not fly to South Africa for the two tests. No replacement has been named in place of Mohammad Shami. Because so many players are already in South Africa, one of the players might be named as a replacement.

A total of 75 Indian players are touring South Africa right now. Team India’s two tests squad includes pacers like Mohammad Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Mukesh Kumar, Shardul Thakur, and Prasidh Krishna. Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah are the sure-shot in the playing XI. Either Prasidh Krishna or Mukesh Kumar will most likely fill the third pacer slot in the playing XI.

A Final Frontier for Team India

Team India is looking at this test series as a final frontier. This is the only place where the Indian team hasn’t won any test series yet. They had a very good chance in the last few series but fell short. Let’s see how they do this time around.

Team India’s squad for the two-match test series against South Africa:-

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishan Kishan (wk), KL Rahul (wk), Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Mukesh Kumar, Prasidh Krishna.


So this is the news coming in from the Indian camp. South Africa will also be without Anrich Nortje and the reports suggest KG Rabada might also miss the India tests. Both the teams will be without their main pacers. Let’s see who will come out good this time.

What are your predictions? Will Team India win their first-ever test series in South Africa this time? Or will South Africa continue their series winning streak against India at home? Comment down below in the comment section.

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(1) What are the head-to-head between South Africa and India in tests?

The two teams have faced each other 42 times in tests. South Africa has won 17 tests while India managed to win 15 test matches. 10 matches ended in a draw.

(2) How many tests matches India has won in South Africa?

Team India has won a total of 4 tests in South Africa. South Africa, on the other hand, has managed to win 5 tests in India.

(3) When was the last time India won a test in South Africa?

Team India won the first test in the 2022 test series. But they went on to lose two back-to-back test matches after that and lost the 3-match series by 2-1.

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