Notwithstanding criticism for making Ajinkya Rahane warm benches, Indian skipper MS Dhoni on Saturday hinted that the talented batsman may not feature in the playing eleven for the first ODI against South Africa as he fits into the setup only in the 'top three' batting slots.
India will look to defend their number-two position on the ICC team chart when the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side takes on third-ranked South Africa in the five-match ODI cricket series that begins in Kanpur on Sunday.
Having been outplayed in the shortest format, there will be added pressure on captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to perform and lead India from the front against a formidable South African unit in the five-match ODI cricket series that begins here on Sunday.
There is no "sufficient cause" for an inquest into the death of Anni Dewani, the Indo-Swedish wife of British-Indian millionaire Shrien Dewani, after he was acquitted by a South African court last year of killing her during their honeymoon, a British Coroner said on Friday.
The construction goof-up that has deprived cricket lovers of day-night matches in Kanpur will be fixed soon after the opening ODI between India and South Africa at the Green Park stadium on Sunday, assured UPCA secretary and IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla.
Team India director Ravi Shastri on Thursday lauded the groundstaff even as the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) may come under severe criticism for their 'inefficiency' to hold the India-South Africa Twenty20 match which was called off without a ball being bowled because of wet outfield.
Virat Kohli said the defeats against South Africa in the first two Twenty20 Internationals will act as "a blessing in disguise" for India ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in the country next year.
Odisha's Home Secretary Asit Tripathy began investigation into the water bottle throwing incident at Barabati Stadium during the T20 match between India and South Africa on Monday even as Cuttack Police registered a case in this connection.
India will look to play for pride when they take on South Africa in the third and final T20 match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday. After already having lost the series, India could still find themselves with a window of opportunity to beat the mighty Proteas.
Having warmed the benches in India's two back-to-back defeats, Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny may get a look-in for the third and final T20 match here tomorrow as the two players slogged it out at India's practice session ahead of the dead rubber.
They might have lost the T20I cricket series to South Africa but Indian ace spinner Harbhajan Singh said it's too early to write them off as the hosts are keen to turn around their fortunes in the last and final match here.
Expressing displeasure over the manner in which the organisers handled the second T20 cricket match between India and South Africa at Cuttack, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today ordered a probe into the incident by the home secretary.