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After a 0-3 loss to the Blackcaps in the ODI series, India will look to get back to winning ways against the Proteas in the upcoming 3-match ODI series which gets underway on 12th March. The refurbished South African side whitewashed Australia in their recently concluded ODI series at home.
The series win against a formidable Australian outfit will act as a huge confidence boost for the Proteas side when they face India in the 1st ODI at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.
Date: Thursday, 12th March 2020
Venue: HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala
Time: 2:00 PM IST
For the hosts, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Shikhar Dhawan return to the ODI squad. Rohit Sharma who is currently undergoing his rehabilitation in the National Cricket Academy will miss the ODI series due to the calf injury he picked up in the 5th T20I against New Zealand. Image
It will be Quinton de Kock’s first assignment as a full-time captain when they face India in the ODI series. Left-arm spinner, George Linde has received his maiden call-up to the Proteas ODI roster.
Players to watch out for
Virat Kohli: The Indian skipper will be eager to make amends with the bat after a tough series against the Kiwis. The 31-year-old is just 133 runs away from 12,000 ODI runs milestone. He is all set to surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest player to reach the 12,000 run mark in ODI cricket.
Hardik Pandya: The Gujarat all-rounder, makes his comeback into the Indian ODI setup. His hard-hitting and fierce bowling makes him a vital cog in the shorter formats of the game.
Quinton de Kock: The newly appointed skipper of the Proteas has been a consistent performer in the last 12-14 months. After having led the South African team to a series win against the Aussies, the 27-year-old will be a massive threat to the Indian bowling unit. De Kock has a great track record against India and he will look to continue the same form.
Lungi Ngidi: Recently, the youngster reached a significant milestone, by becoming the fastest South African to scalp 50 wickets in ODI cricket.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, J Malan.