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AB Devilliers has been ruled out for first 3 ODI due to finger injury
Both teams have unsettled middle order. It will be interesting to see what will be the combination of their teams in 1st ODI.
There are many new faces joined Team India for limited overs series. India is in prime form in ODI. They have defeated home side South Africa in champions trophy 2017. Players like Yujvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav gets their new experience by playing 1st time in South Africa.
Virat Kohli gets the biggest support in ODI’s from MS Dhoni. Everyone knows his genius behind the stumps. He guides Virat Kohli between the matches. His experience in South Africa not only help India to gives Proteas scare but also His valuable pieces of advice to bowlers makes home side batsman in trouble. Dhoni is also very near to his 10 thousand runs milestone. If he achieves that feat in this series than he becomes 2nd wicketkeeper-batsman after Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara who score 10 thousand runs in ODI’s. Sangakkara scores 14 thousand runs in ODI. Even though he is the top order batsman. If we compare MS Dhoni runs as a lower order batsman than I find no one on the list who records is better than him.
India seems to have the poor record in South Africa they’ve never won a bilateral ODI series against South Africa. It was 3-2 in 2010-11, 4-0 in 2006-07 and 5-2 further back in 1992-93. But this time around India looks far better side than South Africa in Limited overs cricket. India has a mixed package of young and old players. They have great chance to defeat South Africa in their home. If India won the series by 4-2 then they will claim n01 ranking in ODI’s.
Bowling of both the teams look settle but batting still concerns for them. Especially India.There are many batsmen who are in the contention to play in no4& no5 position. If we look at the current form then Shreyas Iyer and Dinesh Kartik will feature in that position. But Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, and Ajinkey Rahane are also brought something to the tables.
It is still in the suspense which two players will acclaim those two batting spots. Whereas Proteas to offer some changes in their playing 11 leads to the Devilliers injury. Ottis Gibson will play in 1st ODI for them. We will also see some new faces like JP Duminy and David Miller gives their batting firepower.
Teams need to change their pattern of play. More aggressive cricket like England will make them successful.
Both teams probably play with the same mindset. They are very cautious at the 1st 10 overs then start to increase their run rate after 40 overs. But the trend is changing in ODI. England is the trendsetter. England’s all-out-attack brand of ODI cricket inspires many cricketing nations to follow them.
Both the team have to maintain their run rate from the start of their innings. It gives them the good opportunity to post a good target above 300 runs.
This series will look at the starter for both the side to develop their final core group for 2019 world cup. 15 months left in the world cup and the best combination will require in getting success at the world cup.
India has found their bowlers for the world cup. But now they have to settle their batting. India lower order look’s weak. They still in the find of the good finisher. The present scenario suggests that India is over-dependent on their first 3 batsmen. They have to change their approach as a team. Bid on those players who can bind India even they lost their quick wickets.
Note: The first match will take place in Kingsmead, Durban.
Date: Thursday, February 01, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM GMT. 4:30 IST