COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips: South Africa vs India on January 5
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The much-awaited India vs South Africa Freedom Series is just around the corner, with all the cricket fans waiting to see the exciting clash between these top 2 test teams. This is arguably the biggest challenge for the Indian Skipper Virat Kohli till date and he would be eager to grab this opportunity. Meanwhile, the home team would be looking to demolish the confident Indian side. This is an Indian unit where the batsmen love the short stuff. Well, they might not love it that much when the ball is whistling past the ears when Rabada or Steyn are operating, but they can pose a strong challenge. The hosts look compact in every department and for the first in the last 18 months, India’s opponents enter as the favorites to win a series.
Best economical pick – South Africa's latest opener post the retirement of Graeme Smith, the 23-year old Aiden Markram has started his Test career with a bang: 97, 15 and 143 against Bangladesh to go with 125 against Zimbabwe. Markram enters the series averaging 95 but may find it extremely challenging to maintain his momentum, hoping to strengthen his position on the side.
Top captains & vice captains – Virat Kohli will be spearheading the batting once again at that No. 4 position. He is the side’s best bet against a quality Proteas attack. Kohli had been in the form of his life in the last Test assignment against Sri Lanka. Against SA away, Kohli has 272 runs from 2 matches with an average of 68.00. He scored a defining 119 at Johannesburg in 2013. South African batting line-up will be boosted by the return of AB de Villiers, who returned to Test side after a year. De Villers has 50 plus batting average in Test cricket. So far he played 107 Test matches. The right-handed batsman has slammed a fifty in his return to Test cricket against Zimbabwe.
Smart pick – Touted as India’s biggest threat in the series, Kagiso Rabada will pose quite a challenge to the visitors. Ranked second amongst the best Test bowlers in the world, Rabada’s meteoric rise speaks volumes of his caliber. The youngster will feel face a stiff competition from the Indian batsmen, but if he’s excelling, this might turn out to be the best in his career.
Cautious Pick – Ajinkya Rahane hasn’t been quite on song with only just a solitary ton in 2017. He had a series to forget against the Lankans recently. The team management has backed him though and Rahane knows he is just an innings away to regain the confidence.
My XI – Virat Kohli (Captain), AB de Villiers (Vice-Captain), Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Keshav Maharaj, Vernon Philander, Quinton de Kock, Ishant Sharma, Lokesh Rahul