After the debacle in New Zealand, India will host South Africa in a three-match ODI series even as the unrelenting coronavirus outbreak continues to impact sporting events around the world. (More Cricket News)
India, after blanking New Zealand 5-0 in the T20Is, suffered series defeats in ODIs (0-3) and Tests (0-2) in their last engagement. And now, they face a confident South African side, who are coming off a 3-0 whitewash against Australia at home.
The South African team arrived in India on Monday (March 9). The visiting team is accompanied by Cricket South Africa's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shuaib Manjra, due to the prevalent novel coronavirus threat.
All you need to know about the series:
March 12: India vs South Africa, 1st ODI at Dharamsala, 1.30 pm
March 15: India vs South Africa, 2nd ODI at Lucknow, 1.30 pm
March 18: India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Kolkata, 1.30 pm
TV Telecast: Star Sports Network
Live Streaming: Hotstar, Jio TV
Head-to-head: India and South Africa have met 84 times, with the Proteas winning 46 times as against India's 35. There were three no results. In their first-ever meeting, post-Aparthied, on 10 November 1991, India won by three wickets. The last meeting, during an ICC World Cup match at Southampton, was also won by India (by six wickets). In fact, India have won eight of the last ten meetings. In India, the hosts have won 15 off the 18 matches. But the last time they met in India, South Africa registered a thumping 215-run win at Mumbai on October 25, 2015 with Quinton de Kock (109), Faf du Plessis (133 retired hurt) and AB de Villiers (119) hitting centuries.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan.