IndvsSA playing 11: Srikanth selected his playing XI for 1st ODI against South Africa: After the result of the ODI series against New Zealand, it has once again proved how important an all-rounder is at number six in the team.
Hardik Pandya's return to Team India is good news. This will strengthen the team in every department. Hopefully, Hardik will be able to make the most of the three-match series against South Africa.
With the three-match ODI series against South Africa and the IPL, we will know what will be India's 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia.
Besides Rohit Sharma, the selectors could have picked the best team. Under workload management, there is always a chance for one or two players to relocate around.
I think Hardik Pandya should finish sixth and Ravindra Jadeja at number seven. After this, there will be four specialist bowlers, and then the captain will be able to play the match with six full-time bowling options.
He said that making changes with the batting department on a few occasions is okay to surprise the opposition team. Still, the history of ODI cricket shows that a top-order order remains more successful.
Once Pandya and Jadeja are explained their roles, this team will return to the winning track. The Indian team has consistently failed to perform well in ODI cricket.
IndvsSA playing 11: Srikanth selected his playing eleven for first ODI, Rishabh Pant is not in the list
While there can be many reasons for this, the presence of Pandya and Jadeja will provide the necessary balance to the team. The team management must maintain trust in Pandya and Jadeja.
Srikanth said that the top order seems to be settled in the presence of KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer. Manish Pandey is also available as a backup.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is returning after recovering from an injury, also gives additional options to the team.
Bhuvi may not be fast, but the ability to swing the ball and the ability to throw yorkers in the death overs will set him apart from others.
Adding him to the team will diversify the bowling attack. As far as the South African team is concerned, they have always done well in India in the limited-overs format.
In such a situation, the host team will definitely get fierce competition. I am very excited and also desperate to see how Pandya returns at this stage.
Srikanth's playing XI for first ODI
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Jaspreet Bumrah, Navdeep Saini.
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