South Africa VS India ODI series: After losing test series by 2-1 against the hosts, India will try to start the ODI series with a win by leaving all odds behind. The very first match of six-match ODI series will be played at Kingsmead, Durban on Thursday.
However, India lost the test series to South Africa, but the win by 63 runs in the last test match at Wanderers, showed the spirit of winning in the Indian squad. Virat and company, now need to learn from the odds and overcome them.
The return of former Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Indian One Day International squad will definitely boost the confidence in the Indian Team. He is the most experienced player in the team as well as he is also one of the world’s best match finishers of limited over cricket.
Since only 14 months are left for Cricket Wolrd Cup 2019, now team India also has to test their bench strength in the ODIs and need to find the right combination for the playing squad.
Indian record in One Day Internationals on South African soil is not very good. India has played 28 ODI matches in South Africa but has won only 5 of them and lost 21. India has not won a single match out of 7 at Durban as well. So, Men in Blue will be looking to win their first ODI series ever, against the Proteas in South Africa.
This series is also important regarding the ODI rankings. South Africa with 120 points and India with 119 points are at No.1 and No. 2 spot respectively in the current ICC ODI Man’s team ranking. If team India succeeds in winning the series by 4-2, India will replace South Africa as world No. 1 in ODI ranking. However, change in the team’s rankings can be seen as per every match.
When and Where to watch South Africa VS India First ODI?
The live action of 1st ODI between South Africa and India will begin on February 1 at 04:30 PM IST (1100 Hrs. GMT) on the Sony Ten Network. However, the toss will take place at 04:00 PM IST (1030 Hrs. GMT).
India ODI squad:
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.
South Africa ODI Squad:
Faf du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khayelihle Zondo.