Highlights

  • Shikhar Dhawan is expected to open along with KL Rahul
  • Virat, Iyer & Suryakumar Yadav expected to form the middle order
  • KL Rahul has high hopes of young sensation Venkatesh Iyer

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Virat Kohli, the batter will be in focus as Team India look to make a winning start in the ODI series vs South Africa under new leader KL Rahul. What should be an ideal playing XI?

Virat Kohli, the batter will be in focus as Team India look to make a winning start in the ODI series vs South Africa under new leader KL Rahul.

While it will be interesting to see if Kohli will be at his animated best, Rahul, the captain will also attract eyeballs. The visitors, who went down 2-1 in the Test series, are infused with young blood. Shikhar Dhawan is expected to open along with Rahul, whit KL back to his role as an opener after playing down the order in ODIs for a while.

Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav are expected to take up the middle order's responsibility. Rishabh Pant will take up the wicketkeeping gloves. India's young sensation Venkatesh Iyer will also be in focus after a brilliant Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy and skipper Rahul has high hopes of him.

Jasprit Bumrah will spearhead the pace attack. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini are also in the squad. Though Yuzvendra Chahal is expected to be the first-choice spinner, it may also be a toss-up between Ashwin and Jayant Yadav.

Though India has played just 3 ODIs in Paarl, none of them has been against South Africa. Interestingly, the visitors have never lost a one day game at this venue.

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