Kohli-Rabada

After leveling the T20I series 1-1, India and South Africa are all set to lock horns in the three-match Test series starting on October 2 in Vizag.

The last Test series between the two teams was played early last year in South Africa where India was expected to do well, yet ended up losing the series 2-1.

As for South Africa, they last visited India at the end of 2015 and had a horror Test series, losing the contest 3-0.

In this year’s Freedom Series, both teams have a lot to play for in what is expected to be another closely contested tussle.

India

ICC Ranking: First

Coach: Ravi Shastri

Recent form:

Won vs. West Indies by 257 runs in Jamaica

Won vs West Indies by 318 runs in Antigua

Draw vs. Australia in Sydney

Won vs. Australia by 137 runs in Melbourne

Lost vs. Australia by 146 runs in Perth

Won vs. Australia by 31 runs in Adelaide

Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill.

Top-ranked batsman: Virat Kohli (2nd)

Top ranked bowler: Ravindra Jadeja (11th)

South Africa

ICC Ranking: Third

Coach: Enoch Nkwe

Recent form:

Lost vs. Sri Lanka by eight wickets in Port Elizabeth

Lost vs. Sri Lanka by one wicket in Durban

Won vs Pakistan by 107 runs in Johannesburg

Won vs. Pakistan by nine wickets in Cape Town

Won vs. Pakistan by six wickets in Centurion

Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second.

Top ranked batsman: Aiden Markram (10th)

Top ranked bowler: Kagiso Rabada (2nd)

Head to head

Matches: 36

India wins: 11

South Africa wins: 15

Draws: 10

Last three series

South Africa beat India 2-1 in three-match Test series at home in 2018

India beat South Africa 3-0 in four-match Test series at home in 2015

South Africa beat India 1-0 in two-match Test series at home in 2013