Mumbai: Speculations have been rife that India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and No 3 Cheteshwar Pujara and senior pacer Ishant Sharma may not make the cut for the tour of South Africa. But, as per a report in TOI, all three of them would in all probability make it to the squad for the Tests in South Africa.Also Read - Rishabh Pant Admits South Africa Spinners Were More Consistent Than India Counterparts
The report also suggests that Shikhar Dhawan – who was axed from the T20I squad for the T20 World Cup – is in contention of making the ODI side as a backup opener. Also Read - Few Things Are Really Obvious And Right In Front Of Us: KL Rahul After Series Defeat Against South Africa
“As for Dhawan, he has been a consistent performer in ODIs, even in the last two series he has performed,” a close source to the selection panel told TOI. Also Read - SA v IND, 2nd ODI: South Africa Ride On Malan, de Kock fifties to Clinch Series Win vs India
Multiple reports suggested that the selectors would be announcing the team today. The same TOI report suggests that the delay is taking place because of the ODI captaincy issue. Most of the selectors are in favour of Rohit Sharma taking over as the ODI captain after being appointed as the T20I skipper of the side.
Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa confirmed that the India tour to South Africa will start from December 26 at the SuperSport Park in centurion, the day after Christmas on Boxing Day. The series will start off with the 3-match Test series first.
“It is a pleasure for Cricket South Africa (CSA) to confirm the updated schedule for the India men’s tour to South Africa. As announced over the weekend, the tour has been reduced from three series to two; the Betway Test and One-Day International series, taking place from December 26 to January 23 2022 across four venues, following successful engagement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),” CSA said.