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Questions to be asked from KL Rahul during the Press Conference?
- Will he open the India innings with Shikhar Dhawan or will he continue batting in middle order as he normally does in ODI’s
- Who will bat for India at No. 4 – Shreyas Iyer or Suryakumar Yadav?
- Will he play Venkatesh Iyer ?
- What will be India’s bowling combination? Is Ashwin making a comeback in XI?
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Suryakumar & Shreyas fight for No 4 spot – KL Rahul and Rahul Dravid will have a selection dilemma at their hands. With Shikhar Dhawan at the top & Virat Kohli back at No. 3 – Rahul will have to chose his No. 4.
The choice is difficult between Shreyas Iyer & SuryaKumar Yadav.
Shreyas Iyer of Suryakumar Yadav? – In Shreyas Iyer’s injury absence, Suryakumar Yadav made waves, becoming the favourite for No 4 spot due to his flexibility to move up and down in the batting order.
However, Iyer is back and his century on Test debut has made him the favourite once again. After not getting any opportunity in the Test series, the team management may give him the nod for No 4 spot for the 1st ODI.
Mr. KL Rahul, Captain, Indian Cricket Team will address a virtual press conference ahead of the 1st ODI in Paarl: Date & Time: 18th January | 11:30 AM SA Time – (3:00 PM IST) approx.
India Playing XI: KL Rahul and Rahul Dravid must answer – three questions:
Who will open with Shikhar Dhawan?
Who will play at No 4? Shreyas Iyer or Suryakumar Yadav?
What will be the bowling combination?
Who will open with Shikhar Dhawan? – Dhawan despite of being in twilight of his career is all set to retain his place as opener. But will it be KL Rahul himself or young Ruturaj Gaikwad who will open alongside Dhawan?
Rahul has mostly batted in the middle order in ODI cricket.
But with Rohit unavailable, an opening slot has opened up. Will Rahul move up the order? If he does, Ruturaj will have to sit out.
Two spinners or four frontline pacers? – In Ravindra Jadeja’s absence, Ravichandran Ashwin is all set to come back to the ODI side after nearly five years.
However, the dilemma is over the second spinner slot.
As the team management and selectors want to see Venkatesh Iyer bowl more overs, he is likely to make his ODI debut.
Venkatesh Iyer’s inclusion will give India a fourth seam-bowling option, opening the door for Yuzvendra Chahal to make a comeback.
Vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the first two choices for seamers while the third seam option will be a toss-up between Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Siraj.
As Jasprit Bumrah declared Siraj is fit, he is likely to get the nod. But he will have competition from Shardul Thakur as well.
India Playing XI vs SA 1st ODI:
1. KL Rahul
2. Shikhar Dhawan
3. Virat Kohli
4. Shreyas Iyer/ Suryakumar Yadav
5. Rishabh Pant (WK)
6. Venkatesh Iyer
7. R Ashwin
8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
9. Jasprit Bumrah
10. Yuzvendra Chahal
11. Mohammed Siraj/ Deepak Chahar/ Shardul Thakur
India ODI Squad: KL Rahul (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Jayant Yadav, Navdeep Saini.
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