India’s cricketing roster for the upcoming tour of South Africa has been unveiled, revealing Suryakumar Yadav as the skipper for the three-match T20I series, set to kick off on December 10. KL Rahul will take charge of the ODI squad, leading the team in the three ODIs following the T20Is. Notably, regular captains Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have opted for rest during the white-ball series, emphasizing the need for player workload management. Pacer Mohammed Shami’s participation is contingent on fitness, as he is presently undergoing medical treatment.
Rest for Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli; Mohammed Shami’s Availability Dependent on Fitness
In a strategic move to prioritize player well-being, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have opted for a period of rest and will not be part of the upcoming white-ball series against South Africa. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has supported their request for a break. Meanwhile, the availability of fast bowler Mohammed Shami hinges on his fitness, with ongoing medical treatment determining his inclusion in the squad.
Tour Schedule: T20Is, ODIs, and Test Matches Unveiled
The tour itinerary for India’s cricketing venture in South Africa includes three T20Is, commencing on December 10, followed by three ODIs on December 17, 19, and 21. The action-packed series will conclude with two Test matches in Centurion (from December 26-30) and Cape Town (from January 3-7). The leadership dynamics with Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul at the helm signify a blend of experience and fresh talent steering India in this challenging tour.