Even after a very successful outing against Zimbabwe, team India might drop three of their players when South Africa visits the sub-continent for a three-match ODI series. Just after the Asia Cup, it is expected that India will once again rest their senior players and give a chance for the young brigade to perform.
In their absence, some more talent could be called up in the Indian squad to check them out as the ODI World Cup isn’t far away. Shikhar Dhawan might once again lead the side in the absence of all the other senior players. Now, who are the three players that are likely to get dropped or be rested for the South Africa series? Let’s discuss –
3 Players who might not get picked for the next ODI series vs SA
1. Deepak Chahar
After a brilliant series against Zimbabwe, Deepak Chahar is destined to get back into the main squad of team India. With the T20 World Cup scheduled to take place in Australia, Chahar’s chance of making it to the World Cup now seems possible.
The pacer picked up 5 wickets in the 2 ODIs that he played and was good with the new ball. In case, either of Harshal Patel or Jasprit Bumrah don’t get fit in time for the World Cup, Chahar becomes the leading bowler of the side.
Thus, the Indian team might not risk the player before the T20 World Cup. He is likely to be rested for the South Africa series to help him stay fresh before the mega tournament.
2. Deepak Hooda
The similar reasons apply for Deepak Hooda too. Ever since he made his debut for the Indian T20 side, Hooda has been nothing but brilliant. He is another player who’s very likely to travel to Australia for the T20 World Cup and thus giving him rest for the South Africa series makes sense.
Shreyas Iyer is likely to come in place of Hooda for the series against the Proteas. He is currently a stand-by player for the Asia Cup and thus will be given some time in the middle to gear up for the World Cup. Based on his performance against South Africa, he can be considered for selection in the main squad for the World Cup.
Hooda, in the two matches that he batted, scored just 26 runs. His T20I performance however depicts another story. He has scored 274 runs from 9 matches at a strike-rate of 161.17. He also is one of the five Indian cricketers who has a T20I century.
3. KL Rahul
KL Rahul looked very poor against Zimbabwe. He was expected to score some runs before the Asia Cup but the captain of the Lucknow-franchise failed to capitalise the situation. In the two matches that he batted, Rahul scored 1 and 30 respectively. To add to his misery, Rahul bagged a golden duck in the game against Pakistan in the Asia Cup.
After the Asia Cup, he will of course be ready for selection in the T20 series against Australia and South Africa. However, the selectors may drop his name for selection in the ODI series against South Africa. He would love to stay absolutely fit for the T20 World Cup as the opener doesn’t have a single ICC trophy in his bag.
His longtime friend Mayank Agarwal can replace him in the squad. If the selectors eye a youngster, Tilak Verma can also be one of the options. He was fantastic for Mumbai Indians in the IPL.