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5 young stars to look out for in ODI series between Proteas and India

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Cricket writer Zaahier Adams looks at five young players from the Proteas and India who could royally entertain in the ODI series over the next week.

South Africa’s Marco Jansen reacts after the dismisal of India’s Virat Kohli during the first Test against India. Picture: Christiaan Kotze/AFP

CAPE TOWN – If the forthcoming three-match ODI series between South Africa and India, starting on Wednesday in Paarl, comes close to replicating the fantastic Test series that has just been completed, then another gripping contest can be expected.

Both teams have an abundance of talent, but cricket writer Zaahier Adams has instead opted to focus on five young players across both teams that could royally entertain over the next week.

Marco Jansen

The lanky all-rounder was the find of the Test series for the Proteas and could add be a dynamic addition to the home team’s white ball attack.

South Africa have been searching for a left-armer to take the new ball since Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s fall from grace, and although veteran Wayne Parnell has been recalled after his Kolpak sojourn, it could be exciting time to unleash Jansen with him being in such good form at the moment. He will also have the experience of playing against all the Indian players before after his season with the Mumbai Indians in last year’s IPL.

Zubayr Hamza

Although not a rookie at 26 years old anymore, Hamza remains one of the most talented young batters in the country.

He has had to look on this season as Keegan Petersen has taken over the No 3 spot in the Test side that was originally his destiny after Hashim Amla’s retirement. However, Hamza has transformed his game from previously being viewed as a “red-ball specialist” to now having recorded a T20 century in domestic cricket and eager to force himself into the Proteas ODI line-up.

Ruturaj Gaikwad

Although the 24-year-old may face a tough battle to get into the starting line-up due to the presence of captain KL Rahul and the experienced Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order, Ruturaj is an exceptional young opener desperate for a chance.

He was phenomenal in the last IPL where he amassed a staggering 635 runs and played a key role in Chennai Super Kings winning the title. Has only played two T20Is and is yet to make his ODI debut.

Ishan Kishan

Another that may find it hard to dislodge the maverick Rishabh Pant behind the stumps, but Ishan Kishan is cut in the same mould as his Mumbai Indians teammate and Proteas gloveman Quinton de Kock. Left-handed Ishan is a dynamic strokeplayer and would thrill the viewers if given a chance.

Varun Chakravarthy

It was during India’s last ODI visit here in 2018 when Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav spun webs around the Proteas batting order. Kuldeep has fallen from grace since and Chahal has only just been recalled, which could open the way for mystery spinner Chakravarthy to take centre stage after a disappointing T20 World Cup.

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