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South Africa vs India 2022: 3 Young India Players Who Can Make A Mark In The ODI Series

Team India - Zaheer Khan
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Team India are set to lock horns with South Africa in a three-match ODI series starting on 19 January. This is the first ODI series under head coach Rahul Dravid. As a team, India will look to build a strong Squad for the 2023 ODI World Cup scheduled in India.

Many Youngsters who are part of the series will look to make most of the opportunity and stake a calm and book a permanent spot in the playing XI in the absence of senior cricketers.

On that note let’s Look at the top 3 young Indian players who can make a Mark in the ODI series

#3 Prasidh Krishna

Prasidh Kridhna ODI debut
Prasidh Krishna. (Photo Credit: AP)

Prasidh Krishna has impressed one and all in his short international career with his ability to regularly touch 140 kmh. Prasidh Krishna made his ODI debut against England and picked up 4 wickets on debut. He ended with figures of 4/54 in 8 overs and broke the Indian record for most wickets in an ODI debut.

With speedster Mohammed Shami rested for the series, Prasidh Krishna will most probably start in the playing Xi and look to seal his spot with some good performances.


#2 Ruturaj Gaikwad

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Ruturaj Gaikwad (Credit: Twitter)

Ruturaj Gaikwad, the Maharashtra-born opener, is in the form of his life. He played an instrumental role in IPL 2021 helping his franchise Chennai Super Kings win their 4th title. He finished as the top run-scorer in the tournament hammering 635 Runs in 16 matches, including a century against Rajasthan Royals.

He continued his run-scoring spree in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy amassing 603 in 5 matches at an average of 150.75, including 4 hundred and finished as the leading run-scorer in the tournament.

Ruturaj Gaikwad is expected to open the innings along with captain KL Rahul. He will hope to continue the good run in the international arena. With stiff competition for the opener’s berth, Gaikwad will look to put some good performances to be on the good books of the India selectors.


#1 Venkatesh Iyer

Venkatesh Iyer-Aakash Chopra
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Venkatesh Iyer has been hogging the headlines since his IPL debut in IPL 2021. He played a key role in his team KKR reaching the finals of the 2021 IPL, scoring 370 runs in 10 matches at an average of 41.11 while also picking up 3 wickets with his medium-pace bowling.

Team India has been looking for a fast-bowling all-rounder since the retirement of legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev. India have had Hardik Pandya but he has been troubled by injury issues of late. With Hardik Pandya out of the side, the team management would be looking for a fast-bowling all-rounder who can hit a few balls out of the park ln the lower order and bowl a few overs if and when required.

Iyer Has shown that he can bat in various positions while playing for Madhya Pradesh in the domestic circuit in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and he is a handy bowler too. If he can consistently give Team India 5-6 overs with the ball and do the role of 6th bowler, he can be a huge asset for the team.


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