A thrilling Test series between South Africa and India concluded with a 2-1 victory for the hosts, who mounted a spectacular comeback to win the series. India entered the series as the favourites, and they will be favourites once again before the commencement of the one-day internationals (ODIs). They will want to play better cricket this time around.
South Africa will be at full strength and hoping to play some really good live cricket. Although their previous record in this format hasn’t been very impressive, we believe it has the makings of a very formidable roster. Due to an injury, India’s new One-Day International skipper will be unable to lead the team, and KL Rahul will take over as captain. What kind of performance will the squad be able to achieve under the new system, and will there be growing pains under the new regime?
South Africa has not competed in one-day international cricket for a long time. Their most recent One-Day International (ODI) series at home was against Pakistan, which they lost 2-1. They also lost a One-Day International series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka last year, as well as a One-Day International against Ireland in Ireland.
However, when it comes to playing at home versus India, we believe it is being undervalued.
South Africa will welcome back Quinton de Kock for this series, and he will instantly infuse a lot of power into the South African batting order. He is expected to begin the batting alongside Janneman Malan, who is a superb one-day international batsman who has a knack for getting hundreds in the format. The player Malan is one on whom you should place your bets in this match, and he is one on whom you should absolutely place your bets.
In addition to Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen in the squad, Aidan Markram and David Miller are also expected to compete for a spot in the starting eleven. There’s a lot of power and confidence in this batting order, which should translate into a good performance in this match.
South Africa will decide on the kind of balance they desire in the XI and will have to make some difficult decisions. They must pick between playing one spinner or two spinners, and deciding between Shamsi and Maharaj will not be an easy decision for them.
Aside from that, they must choose one or two all-rounders for the XI, with Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo both eligible for selection. South Africa’s bowling assault will be bolstered by the inclusion of Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi, all of whom should be included in the starting eleven.
This is not a team that you want to take lightly, and being able to acquire them for a greater than 2x return might be a fantastic betting chance in the future.
In reent years, there has been a great deal of instability behind the scenes in India. They had a poor showing in the Twenty20 World Cup and were stripped of Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the white-ball forms. Now that he has been ousted from his position as the Test team captain, and with a new coach, an interim One-Day International captain, and allegations of dissatisfaction flying about, the squad is going to be under pressure even before they foot onto the field.
India has been one of the strongest One-Day International (ODI) teams in the world for quite some time, and as a result, they will still have a very good lineup even if Rohit Sharma and Hardik Panday are not included in the squad.
KL Rahul is going to take the initiative and open the innings. For this match, he would have the option of selecting between Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad as his opening batsman. Because of his seniority and expertise, we believe Dhawan should be the one to take the first step in the process. Virat Kohli will place his bet at the number three spot. Two players from among Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, and Suryakumar Yadav will be selected for the One-Day International team, and this is yet another difficult decision. Rishabh Pant seems to be likely to start at number six, with Venkatesh Iyer as the all-rounder at number seven, according to the latest reports.
This provides India with a great deal of batting depth as well as a decent amount of power. But there are a handful of players who are returning to the game after an extended absence or who are playing in positions that they are not generally associated with. A pair of early wickets might put a significant amount of strain on the team.
It is recommended that the bowling lineup contain three pacers and a spinner. As for the fast bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah, Deepak Chahar, and Shardul Thakur might form the trio, with Yuzvendra Chahal serving as the leggie.
The Indian squad is in the midst of a rebuilding phase, and results in the Indian Premier League may not necessarily transfer to the international level. A period of adjustment is also expected to be required for the new skipper. The burden of being labelled as favourites might fall hard on India’s shoulders.
South Africa and India have played 84 ODI’s. India has won 35 of them and South Africa has won 46.
The only way forward is to take a chance on a minor shock and support South Africa to win. Coming into this series, the home team seems to have a little advantage in terms of momentum over its opponents. India is in turmoil, and there are a lot of moving components that need to come together for it to be successful. Their top one-day international batsman has been struggling for some time, and they will be without Rohit Sharma for the remainder of the series. As a result, we believe that placing our faith in South Africa is the best course of action.
DATE AND TIME: 19th January 2022 @2:00 PM IST
Venue: Boland Park