Virat Kohli confirms he is 'absolutely fit' for third Test against SA; Siraj ruled out

India and South Africa will lock horns in the third and final Test, beginning Tuesday at Cape Town. The series stands level at 1-1 and there is everything to play for in the series decider.

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Published on 10 Jan 2022 10:50 AM GMT

Virat Kohli confirms he is absolutely fit for third Test against SA; Siraj ruled out
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India Test skipper Virat Kohli on Monday confirmed that he is 'absolutely fit' to play the third Test against South Africa which is scheduled to begin from January 11 in Cape Town. However, Kohli also said that pacer Mohammed Siraj is not match-ready as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury which he had incurred during the second Test.

"I'm absolutely fit. Siraj is still recovering, I don't think he's match ready yet and I don't think we can take the risk of playing a pacer who isn't 110% fit," Kohli said during a press conference.

Talking about Siraj's replacement, Kohli said, "We have such a solid group of fast bowlers today that we're confused about who to play, and I couldn't be happier it's that way."

Kohli, who missed the second Test because of an upper back spasm, had nets with the rest of the team at Newlands on Sunday. He batted without any visible discomfort, lunging forward to play the drives.

Team India will look to bounce back in the third and final Test of the series after suffering a seven-wicket loss in the second Test.

India kicked off the South Africa tour on a perfect note, crushing the hosts by 113 runs in the series-opener at Centurion.

However, the Proteas won the second game to leave the three-match series level at 1-1.

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