The 1st ODI match of the series was rain affected one. The match has been reduced to a 40-over contest. The Men in Blue have handed Ruturaj Gaikwad & Ravi Bishnoi their ODI caps. The duo has proven their worth in T20I Cricket and it would be exciting to see how they fare in the ODI format.
India would be hoping of making the most of this series as a lot of young players are in the mix. The senior selection panel would be keeping an eye on this series as having a good backup is the need of the hour. This series may not that have that much attention as within two weeks ICC T20 World Cup 2022 is about to commence.
Ravi Bishnoi & Ruturaj Gaikwad Receive ODI Caps
Team India handed debuts to India’s leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi and right handed batter Ruturaj Gaikwad. The duo would be nervous as ODI format is a complete different ball game.
Tweet: The moment when Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ravi Bishnoi were handed debuts
🎥 A round of applause as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ravi Bishnoi make their ODI debuts. 👏👏
Go well! 👍
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 6, 2022
Critical Series for South Africa
The Proteas who is known to be quite dominating are struggling in ODI Cricket . They are ranked at 11th position out of 13 and are on the brink of losing direct qualification for ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The likes of Quinton de Kock need to bat more responsibly as he is one of the senior batters in the team.
South Africa has one of the lethal bowling attacks in the form of Rabada, Ngidi & Nortje. They all are capable of creating havoc against any opposition on a given day. But at the moment, it looks like there’s no intent from the batters and bowlers. It would require a helluva of effort to win ODI Series against India even if India is playing with the second string of team but they have the players who can give a tough competition.