New Delhi: Indian captain Virat Kohli survived an injury scare during the opening One-Day International (ODI) against South Africa. Kohli while fielding hurt himself when he slid to stop the ball in the seventh over of South African innings. Also Read - IND vs AUS: Sanjay Manjrekar Decodes Virat Kohli's Marathi Tweet in Praise of Shardul Thakur, Narrates Interesting Story
When Kohli got back on his feet, he was feeling uncomfortable and subsequently left the field. While Kohli was off the field, Rohit Sharma captained the side and it was Shreyas Iyer who was brought in as substitute. Thankfully, the Indian captain was back on the field later. Also Read - Virat Kohli's Tweet in Marathi For Shardul Thakur Goes Viral, Twitterverse Unnecessarily Trolls Indian Cricket Team Captain
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Earlier, South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat. With former skipper AB de Villiers being ruled out of the first three matches with a finger injury, the hosts have included Test opener Aiden Markram to bat at the No.4 spot.
The visitors, on the other hand, opted to go with the usual combination of two wrist spinners — Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, alongside the part-time off-spin option of Kedar Jadhav.
Following the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that even he would have opted to bat first had he won the toss because of the conditions around.
“We would have batted first here as well. It’s a pretty easy decision because of the conditions around. Playing two wrist spinners and Kedar as the offie, along with Bhuvi and Bumrah, gives us an opportunity to do whatever we have to do,” Kohli said.
“We’ve played good cricket at this ground always. We’ll have good crowd support too. Like I said, the balance of our team gives us the opportunity to have a crack at both innings equally,” he added.
(With agencies inputs)