IND VS SA: A three-match One-Day International series between hosts India and guests South Africa will begin on Thursday, October 6, with the opening match at Lucknow’s Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium. Rohit Sharma, India’s normal captain, will be absent from the team. Because he and the other members of the team picked for the T20 World Cup are about to leave for Australia. In Rohit’s absence, Shikhar Dhawan will take over as captain of India.

Dhawan is an essential member of India’s ODI team. Even though he is not included on the T20 World Cup roster. During the ODI series, he will be responsible for leading a group of young, relatively inexperienced players. Rajat Patidar, Mukesh Kumar, Shahbaz Ahmed, and other players play for India in the one-day international match against South Africa. And will be eager to succeed against the Proteas if given a chance.

IND VS SA: “Benefits All Around”: Shikhar Dhawan

IND VS SA: 'Youngsters Will Get More Exposure': Shikhar Dhawan
IND VS SA: ‘Youngsters Will Get More Exposure’: Shikhar Dhawan

Because India will host the upcoming 50-over World Cup in 2023. Dhawan thinks the three-match series against the Proteas would be crucial since it will offer the young players experience.

“This series is a good exposure ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Youngsters will get more exposure playing against a great team. There are benefits all around. It will increase their experience and confidence. They have been doing well. They will learn from their mistakes as they play more. My goal currently is the 2023 World Cup. I just want to keep myself fit. And be in a good state of mind to be in the fray.”

Said Dhawan in a pre-match press conference on the eve of the first ODI against South Africa

IND VS SA: India vs South Africa, ODI Series

Due to the ongoing rains in Lucknow on October 5, Team India’s optional training session was canceled. The Indian star bowler Jasprit Bumrah has already been ruled out due to injury. Thus, the series may serve as a chance to choose between Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Siraj from the stand-by list should Shami fail his fitness test before October 15. A few uncapped players, including Rahul Tripathi, Rajat Patidar, Mukesh Kumar, and Shahbaz Ahmed, will also play in the ODIs against the Proteas.

According to Dhawan, the series would provide the kids a chance to be seen and aid their development. Major Indian superstars like Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and others are not on Shikhar Dhawan’s Indian team. Young people who want to express themselves on the field. And get notoriety on the biggest stage are undoubtedly given opportunities by this.

It will be intriguing to see if the Indian team can repeat the performances of the T20I side in the ODI match. After inflicting a 2-1 T20I series setback on South Africa before this.

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