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India vs South Africa: Team India gear up for 1st ODI in Durban; See pics

On Tuesday, BCCI's official Twitter handle posted some pictures from the practice session in Durban where the likes of MS Dhoni, Shreyas Iyer and Kedar Jadhav are seen in action.

Written by: Brett Ellis, New Delhi [ Updated: January 30, 2018 16:18 IST ]
MS Dhoni during a practice session in Durban before 1st ODI
Image Source : BCCI/TWITTER MS Dhoni during a practice session in Durban before 1st ODI vs South Africa

After winning the third and final Test in Johannesburg, the Indian cricket team avoided the humiliating whitewash against a strong South African side. However, the visitors lost the three-match rubber 1-2 but showed immense grit and gumption to put up a brave fight in alien conditions. Now, the Indian team are back on the ground, gearing up for the ODI series which commences from February 1. The morale-boosting win at Wanderers has given the Virat Kohli's men a 'belief' a before the six-match ODI series. Both the teams are the top two ranked nations in the world in the 50-over format.

India Tv - Kedhar Jadhav during a practise session.

Image Source : BCCIKedhar Jadhav during a practise session.

On Tuesday, BCCI's official Twitter handle posted some pictures from the practice session in Durban. Former skipper MS Dhoni is back in the squad and has started his training along with the other teammates. Kedhar Jadhav who missed the Sri Lanka series due to injury last year is also back in action for the ODI series. 

India Tv - Shreyas Iyer during a net session at Durban.

Image Source : BCCIShreyas Iyer during a net session at Durban.

Batsmen Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik are also back in the ODI squad. Once again the eyes will be on young Shreyas Iyer who gave fantastic performance against the Lankans at home in December.

India Tv - Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal during a practise session.

Image Source : BCCIJasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal during a practise session.

With Dhoni by his side, Virat Kohli will now feel a little relaxed on the field in the presence of the world cup winning skipper. Also, the return of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel will strengthen India's bowling unit for the ODI series. The Men in Blue will have to think the bowling unit through as the conditions in South Africa are more suitable for seamers. Mohammad Shami has been added to the ODI squad as well along with Shardul Thakur.

All the pressure boils down onto the Indian players on how well can they adapt to foreign conditions and will majorly have to rely on their experienced players for results.

India ODI squad vs South Africa: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.

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