South Africa tour of India will start on 12th of March with a 3 match ODI Series in Dharamshala followed by 2 ODI’s on 15th, 18th (March) at Lucknow, Kolkata respectively. The series is off high significance with a lot of players making comeback into the side. Likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan are certain to be added into the fold after long injury lay-off. While there is still cloud over Hardik Pandya’s participation. Also, Deepak Chahar has started his rehabilitation at NCA along with Rohit Sharma & Khaleel Ahmed, who are currently trying to get fit before the IPL begins.
Whereas Rishabh Pant who has been selected for Asia XI vs World XI series is likely to be dropped on the grounds of horrific performance in past months & form. Plus Mohammed Shami is confirmed to be rested due to workload management. Also, Mayank is likely to retain his position in the 15 Men Squad due to injury to Rohit Sharma. Dube is expected to be retained despite bad performance in the last series. This time the New Selection Panel will be at the helm to select the team with New Chief Selector Sunil Joshi.
The Squad will likely be announced on 7 March around 5:00 PM IST.
Plus a new development stated that KL.Rahul might Captain the team with Virat Kohli also being rested.
Expected ODI Squad:
Shikhar Dhawan, KL.Rahul(C/Wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mayank Agarwal, Hardik Pandya, Shivam Dube