Even though South Africa had mixed returns in the first part of the India tour in 2019, the two sides would meet for the first ODI following contrasting fortunes.
The Proteas are coming off handing a series sweep to Australia at home while India suffered a whitewash (3-0) against New Zealand a month ago.
However, beating the Men in Blue on their turf is a different challenge altogether.
And even after a packed season and realizing the ones laying ahead, the selectors have named a full-strength squad.
The new panel of Indian selectors have also welcomed the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, all of whom have successfully recovered from their injuries.
Hence, the trio’s boost would also present the think-tank with some selection conundrums.
We take a look at three players who might not get a single game during the ODI series:
Rishabh Pant last played an ODI against Australia in January in Mumbai. Due to concussion in that match, he was ruled out of the subsequent two games.
At the same time, KL Rahul’s superlative show with the bat since then has left no room for Pant in the middle-order.
Since the first ODI in Mumbai against Australia, Rahul has had scores of 80, 19, 88, 4, and 112.
The Karnataka-lad is also getting better with each game behind the stumps, a department in which Pant had plenty of catching up to do.
Hence, all these factors make Rahul undroppable, leaving Pant little chance of making a comeback.