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India's squad for South Africa ODI: Sanju Samson's Return, 12 Players Omitted

  • Posted on December 16, 2023
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has unveiled a revamped ODI squad for the upcoming series against South Africa. With an eye on future tournaments and managing player workload, significant changes have been made, including the exclusion of key World Cup 2023 members, while KL Rahul takes over the leadership mantle from Rohit Sharma. Young talents like Sai Sudharsan and experienced players like Sanju Samson and Yuzvendra Chahal make their return to the team. Notable absentees from the squad include Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah, who are set to participate in the Test matches, while Mohammed Shami faces injury concerns.

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Amidst the conclusion of T20Is, India's focus shifts to the ODIs against South Africa, with the BCCI orchestrating significant alterations to the squad set to grace the upcoming series. With the Test cricket looming close, the revamped Indian squad exhibits a calculated move, strategically resting several stalwarts to balance the workload and assess emerging talent.

In a dynamic transformation, the ODI ensemble sees the emergence of 13 new faces, sculpting a fresher unit. Except for KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Kuldeep Yadav, the World Cup 2023 contingent steps aside to allow for the infusion of promising prospects. The roster introduces talents like Sai Sudharsan, and Arshdeep Singh, and the recall of established players including Sanju Samson and Yuzvendra Chahal, seeking redemption on the field.

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However, the revamped squad translates to significant omissions, with 12 players relinquishing their spots. Established names like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah steer clear, earmarked for the impending Test matches, while Suryakumar Yadav finds himself excluded following a lackluster World Cup performance. Additionally, the absence of Mohammed Shami due to injury concerns further shapes the altered squad dynamics.

The strategic rejig serves as a testament to India's long-term vision, opting for a blend of experience and emerging talent, crafting a team geared up for the impending ODIs against South Africa.

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