Wicket-keeper batter Sanju Samson is likely to be named vice-captain of the Indian cricket team for the three-match ODI series against South Africa, with many senior players expected to rest ahead of next month’s ICC T20 World Cup. India will face South Africa in a three-game T20I series, followed by a three-game ODI series from September 28 to October 11. The Indian squad for the T20I series has already been announced and the Indian selectors will likely be the squad for the ODI series in the coming days.
BCCI sources told ANI that Samson could become the Indian team’s vice-captain for the three-match ODI series as most of the senior players are likely to rest before the ICC T20 World Cup. Shikhar Dhawan will likely lead the team.
Samson, 27, who hails from Kerala, was part of the ODI series against Zimbabwe, which India won 3-0. He has represented India in seven ODIs and 16 T20Is so far. Samson currently captains India A team at home to New Zealand A. The source said batter Rajat Patidar is likely to make his ODI debut against South Africa.
The first T20I will be held in Thiruvananthapuram on September 28. The second T20I will be played on October 2 in Guwahati, followed by the final T20I in Indore on October 4.
The first ODI will be played in Lucknow on October 6. Ranchi and Delhi will host the second and third ODI, respectively, on 9 and 11 October.
Squad India for T20Is in South Africa: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohd. Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah.
South Africa T20 squad: Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi and Tristan Stubbs.
South Africa ODI Squad: Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz shamsi.
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