The Indian team will kick-start their first Test series of the season at home against South Africa in Vizag on October 2. Last time when the two sides played in India in 2015, South Africa suffered a humiliating 0-3 defeat. India go into the series as overwhelming favourites but they would be wary of the young South African side who came from behind to draw the Twenty20 International series. The Indian team suffered a massive setback as their premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the Test series due to a minor stress fracture in his lower back. South Africa, on the other hand, will be delighted to have their experienced skipper Faf du Plesis, who was not part of the T20I squad, and in-form opener Aiden Markram back. The hosts would like to strengthen their position at the top of the World Test Championship points table, while South Africa would want to start their campaign on a high.