Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former India speedster Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has named two players as the ‘X-factor’ for India for the upcoming T20 series against South Africa.

“Virat Kohli. Virat loves to keep proving, rather than to anybody but to himself. I think he is that cricketer who actually plays with that pride and he takes that pride in a very good way, not in an egoistic way. So pride for me, and for Virat also I’m sure it’s like personal responsibility in delivering excellence. So, I will go with Virat and KL Rahul,” said Sreesanth during an interview.

Notably, runners-up in the previous edition of the ICC World Test Championship, India are placed third in the current standings. Hosts South Africa are yet to open its account in the WTC.

Team India’s 35-year-old star batsman Virat Kohli will feature in India’s star-studded squad for the Test series against South Africa. Premier batter Rahul has made his return to the Test side alongside Shreyas Iyer and Bumrah.

The Test series opener will be played on December 26 between India and South Africa at the SuperSport Park. It will mark Kohli’s first international match after the 2023 World Cup.