In the three-match ODI series, India is going to lock horns with South Africa at Dharamshala on Thursday. With the contrasting forms both the teams going to go head-to-head on 12 March 2020. India against New Zealand received a 3-0 drubbing result while South Africa whitewashed powerful content Australia at home. The lost series against New Zealand resulted in a few changes in the Indian team. The comeback of the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the side will be trying for the place in playing XI.
Here is the list of the predicted playing XI of India for the first ODI against South Africa.
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw will be the openers.
After the openers getting dismissed soon against New Zealand, India welcoming Shikhar Dhawan who is well experienced. In the absence of Rohit, Dhawan will be a key role player at the top of India. Prithvi Shaw may also get more opportunities in ODI Cricket with the absence of Rohit Sharma.
Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and KL Rahul will be the middle order players. This time Virat Kohli looking towards amending on a rare failure in New Zealand as he is an Indian captain knows well about the importance of winning the first match of the three-match series.
After the mesmerizing performance in New Zealand, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul continue to bat in the middle order. There is no place for Rishab Pant in playing XI as Rahul is going to don the wicket-keeping gloves once again for India.
Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja are the all-rounders
The promising return of Hardik Pandya is going to provide hope and a big boost to the Indian side. But India may not risk Pandya making him play the ball straight away and might play Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja is now good in form in the pattern of both ball and bat in New Zealand as the second all-rounder.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah will be the bowlers
In the ODI series, Kiwis batsmen were taken apart by the Indian bowlers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to be on the list of playing XI providing the much-needed teeth to the Indian bowling line up. Navdeep Saini’s place is kept aside while Jasprit Bumrah will be getting a chance to prove himself after a below-par series in New Zealand. The front line spinner of the side will be the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal.
Predicted Playing XI for India:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli ( c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.