Men in blue did great in this ODI series against South Africa minus the result of the pink ODI. Even in the fourth one-dayer, the players did well with the bat but the rain interrupted the bowlers to settle and tune the match to their side. Let us have a look at the final playing eleven for the fifth ODI to be held at Port Elizabeth in St. George Park.
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Though he did not do well in this one- day international series, he is the captain’s most entrusted choice for opening their side. He did only 40 runs in the four ODIs and once he was a duck out. But there are still expectations about his recovery and performance in the fifth ODI.
He did great in this one-dayer series with his highest ever score in a series with 271 runs from four one-dayers. He stood as the second highest scorer in the series from Indian side after Kohli. He scored two fifties and a hundred in the four one day matches.
The Indian captain gave a tremendous answer to the critiques by his performance in this ODI series. He did great in this series with 393 runs from four ODIs with two centuries and a half-century. On account of the poor form of Rohit Sharma, Kohli decided to bat in number three to make the Indian line-up strong.
He proved himself as the perfect choice for number 4 by his 79 runs in the first one-dayer. Though he did not do well in the rest of the matches, there are expectations about his good work in the rest of the two matches.
Manish Pandey is expected to bat at no.5 as the return of Kedar Jadhav into the team fell into uncertainty. This young man scored 18 runs in the fourth ODI and is expected to do his best in the rest of the series.
Wicketkeeper and Allrounder
This former Indian captain contributed 42 runs in the previous one-dayer to keep the team in a consistent position. He did a good job in mentoring the wrist-spinners. He is expected to bat in the number six position in the upcoming ODI.
Though this pacer is struggling with poor form, Kohli is entrusting position no.7 with this all-rounder.
He did a dominant performance in this ODI series but was expensive sometimes. This wrist spinner is looking for more wickets in the fifth ODI.
He stood as the highest wicket-taker along with Kuldeep Yadav in this series with 12 wickets. This leg spinner is expected to continue his excellent performance in the fifth one-dayer.
Though he was expensive in the entire series, he is able to support the spin-duo and seamer Bumrah to restrict the South African batsman. Even though there are players like Mohammed Shami and Shradul Thakur, the captain’s choice will be Bhuvi.
He is the second pacer in the Indian squad. He stood as the third highest wicket- taker for India. He is an economic bowler who gave away 21 runs off 5 overs in the fourth ODI.