Mumbai: Amid all speculations of a cancellation or a postponement due to the emergence of Covid’s new variant Omicron, the Board of Control of Cricket in India confirmed that the tour was on and the only change would be that the four T20Is would be deferred. With BCCI set to announce the squad soon, there are chances that there would be a few fresh faces in the mix.Also Read - Quinton de Kock's Stumping of Rishabh Pant in 1st ODI Remind Fans of MS Dhoni; Watch Viral VIDEO
While that is set to happen, it could be unfortunate for some who may miss the ticket to South Africa. Also Read - Virat Kohli, The Captain is Being Missed - Fans React After KL Rahul-Led India Lose 1st ODI vs SA
Ajinkya Rahane: India’s Test vice-captain has been in woeful touch with the bat. He is a classy player but has not done justice to his talent over the past couple of seasons. Barring a ton in the Boxing Day Test in 2020 in Australia, Rahane does not have much to show. What also lessens his chances is an injury he picked up recently during the Kanpur Test, that forced him to miss the Wankhede Test. It would most certainly be interesting to see if the management still persists with Rahane, given Shreyas Iyer is in ominous touch. Also Read - Dale Steyn Cites Bio-Bubbles, Family as Reasons Behind Virat Kohli Stepping Down as India's Test Captain
Hardik Pandya: Top all-rounder Hardik Pandya has also had his problems recently. Injuries have kept him on the sidelines for the most part of the last two seasons. During the T20 World Cup recently, he again picked up an injury and had to miss the home series against New Zealand. The thing with Hardik is, he has more or less informed the selectors that he will not be up for selection.
Suryakumar Yadav: Had Shreyas Iyer not come good with the bat in his Test debut, Suryakumar Yadav – who was in the India squad for the home series against NZ, would have been a candidate for selection for the South Africa tour. But Iyer’s ominous touch would leave selectors in a dilemma over the Mumbai Indians batter.