With Team India taking on South Africa in a 2-match Test series, senior players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will be making a return to the team after India’s heartbreaking loss to Australia in the World Cup final.
Team India skipper Rohit Sharma had earlier come up and expressed his disappointment on missing out on his maiden ODI World Cup title.
His long-time teammate Virat Kohli has also given an interview for the first time since the World Cup and feels excited to take part in the red ball series.
“Test cricket for me is the foundation of the game. It’s history. It’s culture. It’s heritage. It’s everything. You come out on the other side after four-five days, it’s a different feeling from anything else that you’ve experienced. As an individual, as a team, the job satisfaction of having played a long innings and winning your team a Test match is a special feeling. I am a traditionalist so playing in whites, playing Test cricket is everything. Really honoured to play more than 100 Tests for the country and pursue my dream of becoming a Test cricketer,” Kohli said while speaking to Star Sports.
Test cricket is the toughest & most demanding but the best form of cricket!
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) December 23, 2023
With Kohli returning back home just days before the Test series begins due to a family emergency, BCCI officials have said that the 35-year-old star batter will return in time for the Boxing day Test, starting on December 26.
The Test series will also witness a return for pacer Jasprit Bumrah along with other players who featured in ODI World Cup.
Team India have never won a Test series in South Africa and the duo of ‘Ro-Ko’ would be raring to go in order to make history against The Proteas.