Virat Kohli speaks during a press conference on the eve of the first One Day International against South Africa. Photograph:( AFP )
The One Day International series between India and South Africa is set to start. South Africa and India will vie for the world number one ranking again when they meet in a six-match one-day international series, starting at Kingsmead on Thursday.
If we talk about history, India has never won an ODI match in the Kingsmead, Durban and that's an additional pressure on skipper Virat Kohli and the team but it is expected that 'Men in blue' would start the ODI series with new energy.
Despite the odds that the team have faced in the recent past, Indian captain Virat Kohli is very confident about the line-up for the upcoming ODI series.
In a recent interview, he said: "The balance of ODI side is very good."
"India is the only team in the world to be blessed with two wrist spinners. Kedar Jadhav is doing a conventional job."
He also mentioned that Spinners might give a new boost to the team with their outstanding abilities.
Virat emphasised on the fact that, spinners give results on any pitch condition in the foreign as well as home soil.
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Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur.
Ahead of the ODI series, skipper Kohli said that the core of the team is settled and the number four spot is the only position where the team will look to experiment.
"The lower middle order is sorted, the combination is working well for the team."
We have experimented a lot with spot number four in the last few games and only this spot needs to be solidified.