South Africa have added in-form Janneman Malan to their ODI squad for the upcoming three-match series in India. The series gets underway on March 12 in Dharamsala before Lucknow and Kolkata host the next two games on March 15 and 18 respectively.
Janneman Malan made his debut in the ongoing ODI series against Australia. It was a forgettable debut for him as he was out for a duck. But in the very next game, he scored a century to seal a series win for the Proteas. He scored an unbeaten 129 in the game to earn his maiden Man of the Match award.
#BreakingNews Proteas opening batsman, Janneman Malan has been included into the team’s ODI tour to India. They will now travel with a 16-man squad for the three-match series taking place in Dharamshala, Lucknow and Kolkata.
The team departs for India tomorrow morning. #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/hs4vjXc3zr
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 7, 2020
Talking about the rest of the squad, the visitors have included uncapped spinner George Linde in their squad. Linde replaced Tabraiz Shamsi, who will not make the trip as he awaits the birth of his first child. South Africa have two other spin options in Keshav Maharaj and allrounder Jon-Jon Smuts and have recalled rested players Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen to the playing group.
Du Plessis and van der Dussen have been rested for the ongoing ODIs against Australia. South Africa will have four other seamers in their squad: Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks and Anrich Nortje, with Kagiso Rabada unavailable because of a groin strain.
Both India and South Africa enter the series on the back of contrasting fortunes. India suffered a crushing whitewash in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand and also lost the subsequent two-match Test series. On the other hand, South Africa will be brimming with confidence after winning the three-match ODI series against Australia.
South Africa ODI squad:
Quinton de Kock (capt, wk), Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj