The men in blue registered a memorable series victory by winning the fifth one-dayer against South Africa with 4-1, their first ever bilateral series victory on the home soil of the opponents. Experts are expecting a slight change in team India for the final ODI to be held at Centurion today.
The predicted final XI in the final one-dayer is as follows:
He is expected to open the Indian Innings as usual. He gave a mind-blowing answer to criticism about his poor form by his hundred in the fifth one-dayer. He scored a match-winning ton in the series-clinching one-dayer.
In spite of criticism that he is the man responsible for run-outs of Rahane and Kohli, he did very well to compensate his mistakes. He is expected to show his best performance in the final ODI.
Dhawan, the 32-year old left-handed batsman, made his place standard as an opener in this series. This series can be considered as one of the best in his career and for his century in his 100th ODI. He stood as the second highest scorer from the Indian side after Virat Kohli. He scored two fifties and a hundred in this series.
This Indian Skipper gave a strong answer to the critiques by his outstanding performance in this series. He stood as the highest scorer for the Indian side by playing the captain Innings in the need of the hour to get the series victory, the maiden bilateral series in its history. He scored two centuries and one half-century in this series.
He did great as no.4 batsmen in this series by playing a vital role in the first ODI win. Amidst a long list of competitors for his play, he is looking to do great with a good score to strengthen his place in the team.
Though he is not in a good form, he is expected to do his best in no.5 position as Shreyas Iyer and Kedar Jadhav failed to do well in that position.
He is in poor form throughout this series but did well in the fifth ODI. He did well in mentoring the fielders and wrist-spinners throughout the series. He is good as a wicket-keeper and is looking for getting back on to the track to mute the critiques in the final ODI.
Due to the poor form of Hardik Pandya, the youngster Axar may be accommodated into the team as he is a pacer besides a good batsman. If he is given an opportunity to prove himself in the final ODI, he will be a choice for the selectors to be looked on for the upcoming World cup.
This spinner is one of the contenders for the man of the series award being a leading wicket-taker from the Indian side. He took 16 wickets in 5 one-dayers. He did well by taking wickets at regular intervals and restricting the opponents from making a good score.
Being a wrist-spinner, he did a consistent performance in restricting the opponents. The spin-duo managed to take 30 wickets in the 5 one-dayers. This spin twins made their position strong in the team for the upcoming world cup.
This pacer did great by taking a considerable number of wickets. This 24-year old cricketer stood as the consistent wicket-taker and stood by the spin duo in the series from the Indian team by taking six wickets in five one-dayers.
This seamer may be given the opportunity to substitute Bhuvaneswar Kumar, who has been expensive in this series. As India won the series, this 27-year old pacer can be accommodated as a trial-run for making the team solid for the upcoming series.