India begin preparations for the 2023 World Cup with 1st ODI Vs South Africa

(Cricket news) India will take South Africa in the 1st of 3 ODIs at Boland Park. The Test series loss was certainly a tough one to take for the Indian camp after which Virat Kohli gave up Test captaincy just a month after he was sacked from ODI captaincy. India will work towards the 2023 World Cup trying to build a strong team with a good core. 


India's possible playing XI:


Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul(C), Surya Kumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal


Will KL Rahul open the batting or not is the big question mark. India's combination is also not set at this moment in time because Ravindra Jadeja is injured. The number 7 position is the one which is the one which will give Rahul Dravid headaches. Shardul Thakur and Venkatesh Iyer seem to be the two prominent contenders in this series. Ravichandran Ashwin is set to return to the ODI side for the first time since 2017.


South Africa possible playing XI:


Quinton de Kock (wk), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma(C), Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi


Only two out of Markram, de Kock and Malan can open the batting and it will be interesting to see who ends up doing it. Anrich Nortje's absence is a big blow Marco Jansen could make his debut at some point but there are people ahead of him in the pecking order. Temba Bavuma who had a good Test series will be very crucial as a batter and as a captain.


Pitch report:


Seamers will get that extra bounce in typical South African fashion. Spinners job will be to keep things tight in the middle overs as the pitch is batting friendly. The outfield at Boland Park is usually lightning quick which means that game is likely to be a high scoring one. The team winning the toss is likely to bat first and get a big total on the board.

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