Shikhar Dhawan will captain Team India in ODIs in South Africa, with all T20 World Cup players expected to be rested.
Following the end of the Asia Cup T20 competition, in which they failed to reach the final, Team India will play three home series before travelling to Australia to compete in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2022. Two of the three scheduled series will be T20Is, with the third being a three-match ODI series against South Africa. Having an ODI series before the T20 megaevent makes little sense, but that is how it is, and Team India will participate if the schedule is released.However, according to sources, all T20 World Cup-bound players would miss the 50-over assignment, which begins on October 6 in Lucknow and concludes on October 11 in Delhi.
In the absence of T20 World Cup-bound players, veteran opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan will lead the squad as he did in the West Indies in July, and NCA head VVS Laxman will replace head coach Rahul Dravid as coach. The Indian players who will be picked to compete in the T20 World Cup will most likely play in T20I series against Australia and South Africa, but will skip the ODI leg, as will Dravid.
“Yes, having an ODI series before the T20 World Cup is not ideal, but that is how things work sometimes. All T20 World Cup-bound players, including Rohit and Virat, will be rested for the ODI series. They’ll take a little rest before heading to Australia. Shikhar will captain the team “InsideSport was told by a top BCCI official.
According to the source, the Indian squad would leave for Australia on October 10, just six days before their first warm-up match against Australia. All of this might alter if Dravid decides to give his team one ODI practise before the T20 mega-event. According to reports, Dravid wants the players to get as much competitive practise as possible. As a result, there’s a chance that several T20 World Cup players will participate in the ODI series. KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, and Harshal Patel, who have had little practise, might earn the nod. In that case, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Hardik Pandya will still be rested.
“Rahul would like the players to have more competitive practise, but we fear it may be harmful. However, it will be discussed during the selection meeting, and we will make a decision in due time. If Rahul decides to stay with the group for ODIs, the squad would depart for Australia on October 12 alongside South African players “The BCCI official continued.