He is a top-performer, he is mature, he works well with others and they want to blood him early. Things are not looking good for South Africa, and their only chance of winning seems to be in the hope that the Indians suffer a miraculous collapse rather than South Africa putting in a world-class performance. On top of that, he is the captain of the squad and is also the holder of some of the biggest records in global cricket. In 2011, when Smith opted out of leading the limited-overs' sides. Faf and de Villiers are the backbone of the Proteas batting.
Rahane hadn't been picked in the XI for the first two Tests of the series, both of which India lost, and his non-inclusion led to plenty of debate.
Du Plessis reached his ninth one-day global century off 101 balls with 11 fours and added two sixes before being caught at long-off in the last over after a 112-ball innings.
Du Plessis was injured during the Durban ODI in which he scored his ninth hundred to take the Proteas to 269/8.
South Africa will be tempted to give India a taste of their own medicine by including left-arm chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi, who finished the domestic one-day competition as the highest wicket-taker (26 scalps in 9 matches), in the playing XI.
The loss of du Plessis to injury leaves a huge burden on the shoulders on Hashim Amla. However, the South African side will hope to level the series. He is also lucky that the next World Cup is in England.
"It shows that in white-ball cricket the game is moving towards wrist-spinners, because they have the ability to pick up wickets and that's what they (Yadav and Chahal) did today", Du Plessis said.
For India, they don't look like contemplating any changes. At the start of the season, he was named Titans first-class captain.
The selectors have included Farhaan Behardien as Du Plessis' replacement, with Titans wicket-keeper batsman, Heinrich Klaasen, earning his maiden ODI call-up as a reserve wicket-keeper in the squad. He added to the telling Test half-century he made at The Wanderers. The latter had last featured against Bangladesh in October 2017.
He has captained South Africa A and made his full global debut during the current season, scoring 97, 15, 143 and 125 in his first four Test innings against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. But he was not an automatic pick for the ODIs.
India vs South Africa second ODI will begin on 1.30 pm (IST), 08:00 am (GMT) and 10:00 am (Local).
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