Proteas without injured De Villiers for first three India ODIs

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RCB team-mates Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers during

India reclaimed the Test Championship mace and managed to stay 6 points ahead of the Proteas after the 1-2 series loss.

Bhuvi was a constant thorn in South Africa's side in the Test series. India have been bolstered with the arrival of some ODI format specialists, including the former captain and wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni.

India have previously lost 5-2 in 1992-93, 4-0 in 2006-07, 3-2 in 2010-11 and 2-0 in 2013-14.

"Well all be following very keenly and well be eagerly waiting to see them lift the cup again".

South Africa: Faf du Plessis confirmed that Aiden Markram will replace the injured AB de Villiers but the hosts otherwise have most of the weapons in their armoury nicely honed.

Adding more worries to it, is the poor form of opener and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

Then again‚ Du Plessis' team won't feel the heartbeats of more than a billion people willing them to triumph in England in 2019. He would hold the highest utility for India in this ODI series.

Manish Pandey might also get a chance in 1st ODI. In this interim, they have beaten Zimbabwe, New Zealand (twice), England, West Indies, Sri Lanka (twice) and Australia, winning 24 out of 32 bilateral matches.

After an enthralling three matches in the Test arena, the ODI series promises to be an exciting well-matched contest between the world's best two sides.

And for five more games after Durban. There could be problems with the weather on Thursday too, with scattered showers forecast, although breezy conditions could prevent any long delays. Thus, India's batting will be far more effective. These conditions are such that you get to play fast bowling throughout the innings so he becomes a strong candidate for No 4.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday hinted at playing batsman Ajinkya Rahane at number four spot in the upcoming six-match ODI series against South Africa, beginning at the Kingsmead here tomorrow.

"We want him to bat in different places in our batting order, that is a great way for players to evolve their game and to bat in different situations in one-day cricket".

This ODI series is unusual in that it comprises six games‚ and that South Africa's thinking is different.

"I think it tells a story‚" Du Plessis said. It means that there is something hard for touring teams to come here and get accustomed to.

"They are very good spinners".

Another selection dilemma that we could look forward to would be whether the wrist-spin partnership between Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav continues?

This is their first major victory overseas in nearly four years, though he did not forget the last one at Lord's under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, also achieved in conditions as hostile as they were in Johannesburg.

"There will be times when we will be put under pressure, but as a team, we have shown that we can absorb that pressure and come back", he said.

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