South Africa’s tour of India will kick start during the month of October. The T20 International between these two sides on October 2nd will kick-start the proceedings for the long 72-day tour.

South Africa will play 3 T20 Internationals, 5 ODIs and 4 Test matches which would be a visual treat for cricket lovers.

The venues for T20 matches are Dharamsala, Cuttack, and Kolkata, while the venues for the ODI’S will be Kanpur, Indore, Rajkot, Chennai, and Mumbai respectively.

The Test series will be the last one to be played and it is a 4 match Test series which could turn out to be a mouth-watering clash between these two giants. India being very strong at home and South Africa having been the only team to have an excellent away record in the past six years one could expect a competitive series between these two sides.

While India are likely to announce their T20 squad on September 18th South Africa have announced their squad for the tour of India.

Here is the detailed 15 member squad (format wise) of SA for the tour of India.  

Test squad:

Hashim Amla (capt), AB de Villiers, Temba Bavuma, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas.

ODI Squad:

AB de Villiers (capt), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel , Chris Morris , Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.

T20I Squad:

Faf du Plessis (capt), Kyle Abbott , Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Eddie Leie, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, David Wiese, Khaya Zondo.

Squad Analysis: 

South Africa included three specialist spinners in their Test squad as the Indian pitches are more conducive to spin. Dane Piedt and Imran Tahir make their way into the squad to join Simon Harmer. Imran Tahir who has been their bankable spinner in Sri Lankan conditions could prove handy in Indian conditions too. AB de Villiers returns to the squad after being rested in the Test series against Bangladesh. Reeza Hendricks who was in the 15 member Test squad during the Bangladesh tour fails to make his place. 

The Proteas also made some changes in their ODI squad as Wayne Parnell and Ryan Mclaren who was part in the Bangladesh series have been dropped. Skipper Ab de Villiers and Dale Steyn return to the squad after being rested during the Bangladesh tour.

The T20 side led by Faf du Plessis will see Khaya Zondo making his T20 debut. Marchant de Lange will also feature in the squad. Wayne Parnell who has been left out of the ODI squad has been dropped in the T20 squad as well. The left arm pacer Beuran Hendricks also fails to make his place in the T20 squad who featured in the Bangladesh tour. 

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