Tuesday, July 23, 2024

India’s All-Format Tour to South Africa: Squads Announced

India has unveiled its squads for the all-format tour of South Africa, set to kick off on December 10. The leadership dynamics are interesting, with KL Rahul donning the captain’s hat in the ODI series due to the absence of key players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Hardik Pandya. However, the longer format sees India’s return to full strength, featuring the comeback of Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Jasprit Bumrah.

ODI Squad Unveiled

The ODI squad presents a mix of experience and fresh faces, with players like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, and the seasoned Ravindra Jadeja in the mix. KL Rahul, the skipper, will be supported by Sanju Samson behind the stumps.

Test Team Gears Up

The Test squad is packed with firepower, including the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and the returning Shreyas Iyer. The absence of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, mainstays in the red-ball format, raises eyebrows.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Rahul and Iyer’s return leaves no room for Rahane and Pujara, signaling a shift in team dynamics. Mohammed Shami’s comeback is conditional on fitness, undergoing ongoing medical treatment.

ODI Newcomers and Comebacks

Rinku Singh’s stellar T20 performances earn him a maiden ODI call-up, joining other debutants like Sai Sudharsan. Rajat Patidar returns post-injury, while Sanju Samson retains his spot.

Red-Ball Focus and World Test Championship

After the World Cup heartbreak, India pivots to the World Test Championship. The South Africa series becomes a pivotal part of the current WTC cycle, beginning on Boxing Day in Centurion.

WTC Standings and T20 World Cup Build-Up

India, second in the WTC25 standings after a triumph over West Indies, eyes victory in South Africa. The tour preludes the T20 World Cup preparations, featuring a three-match T20I and ODI series.

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