Despite skepticism surrounding the relevance of an ODI series with the T20 World Cup on the horizon, this face-off serves as a crucial platform for the emergence of a fresh cricketing line, setting the stage for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2025.
With Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the stalwarts of Indian cricket, in the twilight of their careers, the focus shifts to the younger generation tasked with carrying forward their legacy. Leading this charge is KL Rahul, who will captain India in the three-match series. A successful outing could potentially secure Rahul the ODI captaincy for an extended period.
While players like Rahul, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Shreyas Iyer have demonstrated their skills in the past, others are eager to stake their claim in India’s white-ball plans. Rinku Singh, who has made a significant impact in T20Is this year, is poised to make his ODI debut, adding depth to India’s batting lineup.
The series against South Africa not only marks a transition in leadership but also provides an opportunity for the next generation to showcase their prowess on the international stage.
Here’s everything you need to know about the first ODI of the three-match series between India and South Africa:
What:India vs South Africa, 1st ODI
When: December 17 (Sunday)
Where: New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Time: 1330 IST
Where to watch: Live stream/telecast on Disney+Hotstar, Star Sports Network
Where to follow Live: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports
Playing XIs (Likely):
India: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sai Sudharsan, KL Rahul (Captain), Shreyas Iyer, Rinku Singh, Sanju Samson (wk), Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh.
South Africa: Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram (Captain), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Nandre Burger, Lizaad Williams.