Despite losing the three-match Test series 2-0 and yet with a match in hand yet to play, Team India players had cruised out on an adventure to explore the mesmerising wildlife in South Africa. One of the most sought-after leisure activities to do in the Proteas, players such as Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had taken a trip to the wild side along with their families ahead of the third and final Test at Johannesburg.
The players witnessed an entirely different side of South Africa as they took out time to explore mother nature with their respective families. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took quite some daring images and was not afraid at all as he somehow managed to click a photograph of the 'King of the Jungle'. His captions read 'There is a way nature speaks, tat land speaks. Most of the time we r simply not patient enough, quiet enough to pay attention to the story'. Take a look.
Pacer Umesh Yadav had uploaded a video on the scenery they got to witness on their wildlife safari.
Opener Dhawan had a collection of pictures which he shared on his Instagram account.
India have yet again succumbed to a Test series defeat in South Africa which they have yet to conquer, losing the second Test at Centurion by 135 runs. Team India had no reply to the Proteas attacking unit except Virat Kohli who slammed his ninth 150 in the first innings of the second Test but was removed at 5 by Lungi Ngidi in the second innings at Centurion.
The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma were easy dismissals for the South African bowlers despite Dale Steyn being removed from the squad after he damaged a tissue in his left heel during the first Test.
Pacer Umesh Yadav is yet to feature in the playing XI as he was benched for the first two as Kohli and the team management opted to stick to debutant Jasprit Bumrah who has performed exceptionally well, collecting seven wickets in the two Test matches he has played.
Kohli and Co will aim to save grace by drawing or winning the Johannesburg Test as the South Africa players seek revenge for their loss on Indian soil the last time the two nations met. Bringing in experienced batsmen Ajinkya Rahane is still a matter which hasn't been touched yet whereas Dinesh Karthik is expected to replace Parthiv Patel after first choice Wriddhiman Saha suffered a niggle on his neck.
The third Test between India and South Africa will commence from January 24.