IND VS SA: Despite South Africa’s triumph in the first ODI at Lucknow, Keshav Maharaj is impressed by India’s depth.

“I wouldn’t call this a second-string Indian side, and I think India is blessed with so much talent that it could field four (or) five international sides. A lot of the Indian players (here) have the IPL (Indian Premier League) and international experience. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, and Sanju Samson are world-class performers.”

Maharaj said on the eve of the second ODI match, to be played at the JSCA Stadium on Sunday

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IND VS SA: “Left To The Coaching”: Keshav Maharaj

IND VS SA: India Can Field Four Or Five International Sides: Keshav Maharaj
IND VS SA: India Can Field Four Or Five International Sides: Keshav Maharaj

Given the volume of cricket being played at the moment, the left-arm spinner suggested that the idea of playing a second side, as India has done in the current ODI series, could be examined in the future from the perspective of player management.

“That is left to the coaching and medical staff. I don’t think he had a bad day. The bowling figures are not reflective of it. The Indian batters had to take someone on; unfortunately, it was him on the day. I thought he held his nerve nicely at the back end and picked up a crucial wicket at the time to give us an opening. We know what he can do, which is not a concern for us. And it is only a matter of time before he bounces back.”

Maharaj said

Maharaj supported Tabraiz Shamsi, another spinner subjected to the toughest punishment by the Indian batters.

IND VS SA: India vs South Africa, ODI Series

The second One-Day International (ODI) between the two teams will take place at the Jharkhand Cricket Association Stadium on Sunday, October 9. On Tuesday, the series’ third and final game will be played at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium (October 11). India, hosting the 2023 World Cup, has already secured a spot in the tournament. But South Africa will have to work hard to move up the ICC ODI Super League standings.

While India is without every player travelling to the T20 World Cup, South Africa has fielded a team at full strength. Before the first ODI, the main 15-man team, led by Rohit Sharma, took a flight to Australia. Where they will attend a training camp and play a few practice matches against Western Australia before heading to Brisbane for the ICC warm-up matches. According to Maharaj, the team is not pressured to make it to the ODI World Cup. Instead, it concentrates on putting up strong performances and adhering to procedures.

The South African praised the Indian spinners for their abilities as well. He claimed that he is still picking up the nuances of spin bowling. And that Indian spinners serve as his role models.

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