After winning the Test and ODI series against New Zealand on the home soil, the Indian cricket team’s confidence is in seventh heaven. Following the victory, the men in blue are set to play against South Africa. India will play 3 ODIs and 3 test matches against the African nation (26th Dec – 23rd Jan) on their home ground. Earlier, the series was scheduled from 17th December 2021, but now the concerned authority has shifted it to 26th December 2021 (Boxing day).
The 1st test will begin on 26th December 2021, whereas the ODI will kickstart from 19th January 2022.
The T20 matches which were earlier scheduled in the itinerary have been postponed till the further announcements, Cricket South Africa has announced.
Amid the rising cases of Omicron, team India has decided to take chartered flights to travel South Africa. The team will directly enter the biosecure accommodations, the CSA has announced.
On Monday, BCCI tweeted that Rohit Sharma has been dropped from the Test series. The newly appointed white-ball captain of the Indian cricket team sustained a left hamstring injury during the training session in Mumbai. Rohit has been replaced by Priyank Panchal. It is expected that Rohit will be fit to play the 3 match ODI series.
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NEWS – Priyank Panchal replaces injured Rohit Sharma in India's Test squad.
Rohit sustained a left hamstring injury during his training session here in Mumbai yesterday. He has been ruled out of the upcoming 3-match Test series against South Africa.#SAvIND | @PKpanchal9 pic.twitter.com/b8VgoN52LW
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2021
Virat Kohli (ex-Indian ODI skipper) will not be a part of the ODI series. As per a report published in TIMES OF INDIA, Kohli had informed the Indian cricket board (BCCI) that he will be on a short break for personal reasons.
Test match Fixtures
|1st test match||SuperSport park, Centurion||1:30 pm||26-30 December 2021|
|2nd test match||Wanderers, Johannesburg||1:30 pm||03-07 January 2022|
|3rd test match||Newlands, Cape town||2:00 pm||11-15 January 2022|
Indian squad for 3 test matches against South Africa
Virat Kohli (captain), Priyank Panchal, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shradul Thakur, Md. Siraj, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh pant (WK), Mayank Aggarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara.
Standby players:- Navdeep Saini, Saurabh Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Arzan Nawaswala.
However, the vice-captain for the Test series after Rohit Sharma’s dismissal has not been finalized by the BCCI yet.
One Day Internationals Fixtures
|1st ODI||Paarl||2:00 pm||19 January 2022|
|2nd ODI||Paarl||2:00 pm||21 January 2022|
|3rd ODI||Cape Town||2:00 pm||23 January 2022|
The final team for the One Day Internationals has not been finalized yet by the BCCI.