After the drama of the Kolkata Test, the ODI series between India and South Africa commences in Jaipur on Sunday 21 Feb.
If India lose to RSA, the SAffers will displace India as the 2nd Ranked ODI team in the ICC ODI ranking table.
India is once again hit by injuries and absences ahead of this three-match series. Gautam Gambhir (injury), Zaheer Khan (injury) and Harbhajan Singh (sisters’ wedding) are not available. For South Africa, Graeme Smith is on the injury list. I’d like to imagine that India’s injuries are far more telling on the teams’ chances than Smih’s absence.
As a result I expect that, despite their recent poor form, South Africa might in this series.
I expect India to field the following team tomorrow:
– Virender Sehwag
– Sachin Tendulkar
– Virat Kohli
– Suresh Raina
– M. S Dhoni (c/w)
– Ravindra Jadeja
– Yusuf Pathan
– Abhishek Nayar / R. Ashwin / Amit Mishra
– Praveen Kumar
– Sreesanth / Sudeep Thyagi
– Ashish Nehra
12th Man: Dinesh Karthik
I would like to see Abhishek Nayar given an extended run at this level and hence he would get in ahead of Mishra or Ashwin. Furthermore, after Yusuf Pathan’s recent Duleep Trophy performances I think it would be hard to ignore Yusuf Pathan’s claims.