Visitors were defeated by South Africa 2-1 in a three-match Test series. Under the new skipper, India will begin the ODI series from today onwards. Boland Park in Paarl will have the first match of the three-match series. Virat Kohli will enter the field as a player for the first time in a long time. Due to Rohit Sharma's injury, KL Rahul has been assigned the leadership of the team. This match will begin at 2:00 pm Indian time.
The Indian squad was picked as the favourite to win the Test series against South Africa, but the outcome was just the opposite. South Africa has a strong track record in Paarl's stadium. Six of the seven matches were triumphed by South Africa, while two of the three matches were won by Team India, with one draw. On Wednesday, it will be hot in Paarl, which should benefit the spinners and speed bowlers on the surface. The Indian team management has the option of fielding both Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin at the same time.
The South African team's morale will be high in the ODI series after their success in the Test series. For both countries, winning the three-match ODI series is crucial for the ODI Championship (World Cup qualification). It may be difficult for Team India's older players to return to this format after such a long period. Team India will be eyeing their new in-form all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer.