With the Test series done and dusted, the focus shifts to the one-dayers with India and South Africa slated to play three ODIs, starting January 19 (Wednesday) in Paarl. A new era starts for Indian cricket after Virat Kohli’s sacking as ODI captain, the Men in Blues will be keen to make a winning start.
All eyes will be on Kohli, who plays his first ODI game after being released from leadership duties. The management will speculate over captain KL Rahul’s place in the batting order. If the talismanic batter opens, Shikhar Dhawan will be the front-runner to pair with him at the top. Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal are expected to be the two spinners.
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South Africa, on the other hand, will be led by Temba Bavuma, who had a good outing in the Tests and will be high on confidence. Quinton de Kock, who announced his Test retirement after the first Test, will also return to the side. However, Anrich Nortje continues to remain on the sidelines as he nurses an injury.
Details: India vs South Africa, 1st ODI
Venue: Boland Park, Paarl
Date and Time: January 19, 1:30 PM IST, 10:30 AM Local
Predicted Playing XI
India: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul (c), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav/Venkatesh Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar/Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal
South Africa: Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Tabraiz Shamsi
India vs South Africa – Match Prediction
The Proteas will be high on confidence coming into the one-dayers having won the Test series. India, on the other hand, will play under a new captain in KL Rahul.
Despite going through a transition in leadership, the Men in Blues will start as the favourites to win the 1st ODI and go 1-0 up in the series.