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IND vs SA ODI: India’s Predicted Playing XI For The 1st ODI

India and South Africa are set to lock horns in an ODI series. The IND vs SA 1st ODI will take place on January 19 at Boland Park in Paarl. The IND vs SA ODI series consists of three ODI games. Recently, Proteas defeated India in the Test series 2-1.

In the absence of ODI skipper Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul will lead the Indian team. Temba Bavuma is the skipper of South Africa. After the defeat in the Test series India will be eager to make a comeback in the ODI series and play their best players against South Africa. Here we take a look at India’s predicted playing XI for IND vs SA 1st ODI.

KL Rahul (C)

Rahul will be the skipper of the Indian team. He will play as an opener in IND vs SA 1st ODI. KL Rahul slammed a century in IND vs SA 1st Test. The right-handed batsman is in a brilliant batting form currently. He will look to give a great start to the team in batting.

Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan will be the other opener for the team. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Dhawan would be a good choice to open the innings. Dhawan has a lot of experience in batting as an opener. He executed a good performance in the ODI series against England in March last year. Dhawan slammed a 96-run knock in one game. He also played incredible knocks during the ODI series against Sri Lanka in July 2021.

Virat Kohli

He will be the no.3 batsman for India. This will be the first ODI that Virat Kohli will play after his ouster as ODI captain. He has relieved himself from the captainship duties in every format and now will totally focus on his batting.

Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav will be another batsman in the middle-order. The right-handed batsman gave an astonishing performance during his last ODI series against Sri Lanka in July last year. Yadav slammed 124 runs in 3 ODIs during the series at an average of 62.0 and won the player of the series award.

Shreyas Iyer

Iyer will be another player that India might pick at the middle-order. Iyer was out of the field for a long time last year, after he faced an elbow injury during India vs England ODI series in March. Later, he showed a good performance in IND vs NZ Test series, smacking a ton and fifty in his debut Test.

Rishabh Pant (WK)

Rishabh Pant will be the wicketkeeper for the team during IND vs SA 1st ODI. Pant has totally justified himself to be the first-choice wicketkeeper for India for now. In his last ODI series, he impressed with two 70+ knocks against England. Moreover, he also slammed a century in the recent IND vs SA 3rd Test, proving that he is in a good batting form currently.

Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur might be the all-rounder that India picks in IND vs SA 1st ODI. Since South African grounds are more seam-friendly, it will be good for the team to pick a seam all-rounder like Shardul. The right-arm pacer gave an impressive performance in IND vs SA Test series, picking 12 wickets in 3 Tests.

Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzi might be picked ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin in IND vs SA 1st ODI as a spinner. Ashwin was not quite successful during the Tests series. Moreover, Ashwin has not played ODIs for a long time now. Chahar gave a good bowling show in the last ODI series against Sri Lanka in July.

Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah will the one of the pacers for India in IND vs SA 1st ODI. Bumrah gave an impressive bowling performance during IND vs SA Test series. The right-arm pacer scalped 12 wickets in 3 Tests at an average of 23.42. Bumrah is also the vice-captain of the team in the ODI series.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be another pacer for India in IND vs SA 1st ODI. The right-arm pacer has given a consistent performance in the limited-overs format in recent times. In his previous ODI series against Sri Lanka, Kumar scalped 3 wickets in 2 games. Prior to that, he hunted 6 wickets in 3 ODIs against England.

Deepak Chahar

Deepak might be another pacer who can make it into India’s playing XI in the opening ODI against Sri Lanka. Chahar is proving himself to be a valuable pacer in the limited-overs format. He gave a good performance in his last T20I series against New Zealand and the last ODI series against Sri Lanka. Other than bowling, Chahar has also impressed with his exceptional batting skills, which makes him a powerful tail ender batsman.

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