India and South Africa series will make interesting reading. On one hand is India, fresh from losing 3-0 to New Zealand. On the other hand is South Africa, who have blanked Australia 3-0 at home. The first ODI of this three-match series is set to be played in Dharamshala on Thursday.
India will hope to make the best use of home conditions, while South Africa will look to make the most of Dharamshala conditions. The high altitude, low temperatures and the looming rain threat makes the venue a perfect fit for the Proteas.
The returning troika of Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar add value to India. All three provide experience and expertise to India. Captain Virat Kohli will look to bury the ghosts of his New Zealand tour. He will target immediate runs and is a good fantasy pick.
The availability of Ravindra Jadeja is another strong choice for your team. He offers flexibility with the ball and dynamism in the field. Jasprit Bumrah had a poor series against New Zealand, but should be back among the wickets.
South Africa Preview
South Africa enjoyed a good series against Australia, thanks to the emergence of new players. Janneman Malan, Heinrich Klaasen and JJ Smuts showed their prowess. With Temba Bavuma still injured, there is a chance that JJ Smuts will open with captain Quinton de Kock.
Both are great choices for your side and so is the returning former captain Faf du Plessis. The presence of all-rounders gives South Africa a bit more stability. Lungi Ngidi’s great series against Australia makes him another reasonably good pick.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Hardik Pandya will have a lot of question marks hovering around his comeback. The all-rounder will be crucial for India, as he lends balance with both bat and ball.
Quinton de Kock is a great all-rounder to have in your side. The ‘keeper is a versatile pick who can add value with his performances with the bat and in the field.
Heinrich Klaasen has been in scintillating form for South Africa against Australia. His ability to score quick runs makes him a good asset for your side.
India: 1 Shikhar Dhawan 2 Prithvi Shaw 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 KL Rahul (WK) 6 Hardik Pandya 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 Navdeep Saini 10 Yuzvendra Chahal 11 Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (C & WK) 2 JJ Smuts 3 Rassie van der Dussen 4 Faf du Plessis 5 Heinrich Klaasen 6 David Miller 7 Andile Phehlukwayo 8 Keshav Maharaj 9 Beuran Hendricks 10 Anrich Nortje 11 Lungi Ngidi
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