IND vs SA: Sanju Samson To Be Shikhar Dhawan's Deputy In South Africa ODIs – Reports

Updated - 27 Sep 2022, 10:56 PM

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. (Photo: Twitter)

Star India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson is most likely to be appointed as the vice-captain of the team for the forthcoming three-match ODI series against the South Africa National Cricket Team, according to an ANI report.

India are set to lock horns with South Africa in a three-match ODI series and a three-match T20I series. The T20I games will be played on September 28, October 2 and October 4 in Thiruvananthapuram, Guwahati and Indore. The ODI games are scheduled to be played in Ranchi, Lucknow and Delhi on October 6, October 9 and October 11.

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Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant
Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant. (Photo: Twitter)

Several key players of the Indian team are most likely to be rested for the South Africa ODIs, which will be the last international assignment of the Men In Blue ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is the eighth edition of the multi-nation tournament. The marquee tournament is scheduled to commence on October 16 with the group stage round. The Super 12 round will commence on October 22 and the summit clash is set to take place on November 13 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Shikhar Dhawan To Lead, Sanju Samson To Be Vice-captain In South Africa ODIs: Reports

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. (Photo: Twitter)

The ODI squad of the India National Cricket Team for the three-match series will reportedly be announced in the next few days. Ahead of the official squad announcement, BCCI sources told ANI that Sanju Samson could be named Shikhar Dhawan’s deputy for the three-match ODI series in the absence of several seniors.

The 27-year-old Sanju Samson, who is not a part of India’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad, is currently captaining India A at home in the series against New Zealand A.

Also, Madhya Pradesh batter Rajat Patidar, who plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is likely to make his ODI debut in the series against South Africa. So far, he has played 12 IPL games and has scored 404 runs at an average of 40.4 and a strike rate of 144.3, reported ANI.

Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar (Image Credits: IPL)
Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar (Image Credits: IPL)

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