The team led by KL Rahul has various concerns. South Africa is a very strong team. It is certain that they will be stronger in the country. India will enter the series under the leadership of KL Rahul. Rahul has released the approximate possibilities about the playing eleven of Team India in the match.
Rahul has not confirmed whether Sanju Samson will play in the first ODI, but he has clarified another thing. Rahul said that Sanju’s role in the team is in the midfield. It is clear that Sanju Samson along with Ruturaj Gaekwad will not be the opener in the first ODI as expected.
“Sanju will play in the middle order. Whenever he has played in ODIs, Sanju has played in that role. Sanju will play as number five or number six. In the current situation, I will be the wicketkeeper. If I feel the need to use Sanju in any situation, I will do it,” said Rahul.
The last time Sanju got a place in the team was in the reserve line in the Asia Cup. The player had also played in the T20 against Ireland before that. Later, Sanju has no place in the World Cup and now in the T20 team. Sanju has now returned to the national team after playing hard in local cricket.
In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill, India is likely to conduct significant tests in the match. It is not clear who will play alongside Ruturaj Gaekwad in the opener’s role. If Rahul becomes the opener, Sanju will come at number five or number six. Sai Sudarshan is another player being considered for the opener’s role.
Rinku Singh is likely to make his ODI debut for India. The team management is hoping that the player who performed brilliantly in T20 will be able to shine in ODIs as well. “He has proven to be a very talented player. He has played in all three formats of local cricket. So the opportunity will definitely come,” KL Rahul said about Rinku Singh’s prospects.
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