South Africa Kagiso Rabada has been released from the ODI squad ahead of the 3-match series against India to manage his heavy workload in the Test series. The 26-year old has been rested to stay fresh for 2-match test series in New Zealand starting on February 17.
Kagiso Rabada was the leading wicket-taker in the Test series against India
“No replacement will be brought in for him as there is an extended squad in place in the Bio-Secure Environment (BSE), but George Linde has been retained from the Test team as an extra spin-bowling option for the series,” Cricket South Africa released a statement.
Rabada was the leading wicket-taker in the Test series against India as South Africa beat the visitors by 2-1 in a 3-match series. Rabada bowled 119.1 overs to pick 20 wickets with an average of 19.05.
In absence of him, Marco Jansen might get a chance to make his debut in the 50-over format as well. Jansen made a sensational debut in the Test series as a 21-year old picked 19 wickets in 3-match Test series to script a series win against the no.1 ranked team.
South Africa has had a formidable record against India in ODIs, more so at home. As the visitors could win only one ODI series in South Africa in 5 attempts. However, India’s only series win in the rainbow was registered in the last tour as they won by 5-1 in the 6-match series.
Since Jan 2021, South Africa had a bit of a struggle in this format as they failed to win any ODI series. First, they lost a home series against Pakistan by 1-2 in April, then drew a series against Ireland by 1-1. And right before the T20 World Cup, they lost a 3-match series in Sri Lanka by 1-2. They currently lie at no.9 in ICC Men’s ODI Super League. However, this series against India won’t be a part of the ODI Super League.
South Africa squad for ODI series against India:
Temba Bavuma (captain) Keshav Maharaj (vice-captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Zubayr Hamza, Marco Jansen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, George Linde, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne.