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The ODI series between India and South Africa is going to start from January 19. The first match of the series will be played at Boland Park in Paarl. For this series, the two main players of Team India, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja are out of the team due to injury. After the defeat in the Test series against South Africa, this series is now considered very important for Team India.
…So let’s have a look at the probable playing XI of the Indian team for the first match-
In the first match, the pair of KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan can enter as an opener for Team India. KL Rahul is in amazing form. Rahul also scored a century in the Test series against South Africa. At the same time, the team will benefit from Shikhar Dhawan’s experience. Dhawan has played in South Africa before. However, he has not been a part of the team for the last several days. With Rohit Sharma not in the team, Dhawan is sure to get a chance.
strong middle order
In the middle order, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Venkatesh Iyer can play the responsibility. Virat Kohli will not be the captain of Team India for the first time after 2017. In such a situation, his entire focus will be on his batting. Big innings will be expected from him. Suryakumar Yadav can come at number-4 in the match
Suryakumar is getting continuous opportunities, but he has not been able to play big innings. In such a situation, he will definitely be desperate to do well in this series. Shreyas Iyer, who scored a century in his debut Test match against New Zealand, can land at number-5.
Will Iyer make up for Hardik’s loss?
Venkatesh Iyer, who came into the limelight from IPL Phase-2 as an all-rounder in the team, can be bet on. In Phase-2, he scored 370 runs in 10 matches and also took 3 wickets. In such a situation, Iyer can replace Hardik Pandya in the team. Apart from scoring fast runs in the last overs, he can also take wickets when the opportunity arises. He has also got a chance in the T20 series against New Zealand.
Shardul Thakur is finding it a little difficult to get a chance in the first match. As Team India’s batting flopped in the Test series, in such a situation, captain KL Rahul will give Venkatesh Iyer a chance.
Chahal has to do wonders
Yuzvendra Chahal can be seen in place of R Ashwin as spinner in the first match. Chahal’s record in South Africa is excellent. He has taken 20 wickets in 7 matches at an impressive average of 15.65. His best performance is 5 wickets for 22 runs.
Powerful pace attack
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah can be included in the playing XI among the fast bowlers. At the same time, Deepak Chahar is finding it difficult to get a chance in the first match. Bumrah will once again be seen strengthening the pace attack in this series. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is set to play the role of the second fast bowler. Mohammad Siraj can also get a chance in the first ODI.
The whole team can be as follows – KL Rahul (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Venkatesh Iyer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal