Indian cricket team that will tour South Africa soon after the Sri Lanka series will be announced on 27th November 2017. The long series will see team India play 3 Tests, 6 One Day Internationals and 3 T20I’s. It is a long series and team India will not get a break after the Lanka series as they will leave for the African nation on 27 December. So, it is a 2-day gap. The BCCI’s senior selection committee will meet on Monday in Nagpur and the team announcement is expected to come in the evening.
In the meanwhile, team India is on a roll, they have defeated New Zealand in the home and are in a strong position in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Nagpur.
Already, Virat Kohli’s team India has had a phenomenal season and are looking hungry for more, which means South Africa will have to be at their very best if they want to beat the number 1 team in South Africa. India will kick off their African campaign with a 2-day practise match at Paarl, before they head into the first Test, starting January 5.
Last time India toured the African nation in 2013/14, they were beaten 1-0 in the two-match Test series. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli showed his reluctance over the South Africa itinerary, complaining that BCCI should also look at the schedule to permit its players’ adequate rest. It seems he has found support on this after former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly backed Kohli over this.
So, here is inUth’s prediction of the Indian cricket team for South Africa. It could be 3 specialist spinners and 5 seamers for India.
India inUth.com Predicted Squad:
Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Capt.), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya
inUth feels, no major surprises are on the cards, but Kuldeep Yadav could board the Africa-bound flight because he is a wrist spinner and can turn the ball on any given pitch. India will also opt for a reserve opener, considering it is an away tour. KL Rahul can also double up as a wicketkeeper which will help in case Saha picks up a niggle.