De Villiers out of first three ODIs

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The week after the ODIs will see three T20Is played in seven days and South Africa are expected to rest several senior players then because, four days after the final T20, they go straight into a four-Test series against Australia. Faf has learned that old lesson that, "you have to be careful what you wish for". "And Kedar Jadhav doing the conventional job pretty well for the team". Zondo has been in scoring form playing for Dolphins in domestic cricket.

For the Indians, avenging the Test series loss won't be the only motive in the one-dayers, as the No 1 spot in the ICC rankings is also up for grabs provided they win the series by a 4-2 scoreline or better. Kohli, though, made it clear he was in the squad exclusive as an opener or a back-up opener.

After a 2-1 loss to South Africa in the Test series, the re-jigged Indian side would want to put the loss behind them. We probably should play Nair-Rohit Sharma in all home Tests and Rahane in all foreign ones! The pitch had a brownish grass cover and is unlikely to play any differently to modern-day ODI wickets. Out of the nine countries he's played ODIs in, South Africa remains the only place where he hasn't scored a hundred yet. They have been very successful for India in the last while. India have always played the whole series whenever we've gone overseas. Kohli, who has had a lot of tough press conferences to deal with in recent weeks, will hope to keep the pumped up celebrations going come Thursday. It's a fine line but we won't devalue our game in any way.

Moreover, whimpering is just not cricket. Chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi played Kuldeep while JP Duminy pulled out a good impression of Jadhav. So much so that they seem to be carrying four options for that one position. That was enough for the two umpires, Messrs Aleem Dar and Ian Gould to go into a huddle to assess whether the pitch was the villain or it's just one of those short-pitched deliveries that the fast bowlers sent down to rattle the batsmen routinely. Lillee and Thomson had combined figures of 37-0-251-5, and Fredericks' attack proved to be the better part of defense.

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Duminy opined that India is a highly competitive side as they fought back to claim the inconsequential third Test, having lost the three-match Test series already.

"ODIs will bring batsmen more into the game, so a good chance to make a statement and win our first ever series here". Issues were raised about the "unfair tactics" of the West Indies, but Bedi sportingly acknowledged defeat. As one of India's best batsmen overseas, second only to Kohli, one would want him to face as many deliveries as possible to ensure a healthy scoring rate.

Note: Albert Baldeo is a civil rights activist and community advocate, and his political battles placed previously ignored minority communities like Richmond Hill and Ozone Park firmly on the political and economic map.

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