Team India arrived in Durban ahead of the South Africa T20I series: A greetings by rain and a grand welcome

Finally, Team India arrived in Durban on 7th December 2023 ( Thursday) ahead of the T20I series against South Africa. After winning a 5-match T20I series with 4-1, Suryakumar Yadav as the stand-in captain will lead his side for the 3-match T20I series starting from 10th December 2023.

Suryakumar Yadav and his men started on 6th December 2023 (Wednesday) from Bengaluru and reached South Africa the subsequent day.  

The moment Team India landed at the Airport, a glimpse of the training session was experienced with rain coming into action. A couple of cricketers were witnessed running towards the bus while covering their heads using their heavy luggage.

Heavy rain at King Shaka International Airport forced the players to travel outside with suitcases on their heads.

Notably, Team India’s next batch is expected to arrive soon for the upcoming 3-match ODI series that commences on 17th December 2023 (Sunday). After 2021, KL Rahul will once again lead the Indian cricket team for the ODI series against South Africa on their home ground, following the absence of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are awaited to land in South Africa after the completion of the white ball series. The forthcoming 2-match test series starts from 26th December 2023 and Rohit Sharma as a skipper is set to lead his team.

Since India hasn’t won a single test match in South Africa, Rohit Sharma and his men will be focusing on red-ball cricket to break the jinx.

Along with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, senior cricketers such as Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Mohammad Shami were rested for the white-ball cricket series against South Africa.

Rarely, did Team India win the White ball series on South African soil, but never registered a test-series win.

Especially, in 2021, India lost the 3-match ODI series against South Africa with a complete whitewash under KL Rahul’s captaincy. On the other side, India lost the 3-match test series against South Africa under Virat Kohli’s captaincy with a record of 1-2 on their home ground.

Team India arrived in Durban with their first batch: Indian and South African cricket team squads for the 3-match T20I series

Here is the detailed list of cricket players included in the Indian and South African cricket squads for the 3-match T20I series.

The 1st T20I match between India and South Africa starts on 10th December 2023 at Kingsmead, Durban.

Indian Team 16-member Squads: 

S.NoPlayerRoleBatting StyleBowling Style
1.Yashasvi JaiswalBatsmanLeft-handedRight arm spin
2.Shubman GillBatsmanRight-HandedRight arm spin
3.Ruturaj GaikwadBatsmanRight-HandedRight arm spin
4.Tilak VarmaBatsmanLeft-handedRight arm spin
5.Suryakumar Yadav (C)BatsmanRight-HandedRight arm spin
6.Rinku SinghBatsmanLeft-handedRight arm spin
7.Shreyas IyerBatsmanRight-HandedRight arm spin
8.Ishan Kishan (Wk)BatsmanLeft-handedNA
9.Ravindra Jadeja (VC)All-rounderLeft-handedLeft-handed
10.Ravi BishnoiBowlerRight-HandedRight arm spin
11.Washington SundarAll-rounderLeft-handedRight arm spin
12.Kuldeep YadavBowlerLeft-handedLeft-arm spin 
13.Arshdeep SinghBowlerLeft-handedLeft-arm-fast-medium
14.Mohammed SirajBowlerRight-HandedRight-arm-fast-medium
15.Mukesh KumarBowlerRight-HandedRight-arm-medium swing
16.Deepak ChaharBowlerRight-HandedRight-arm-medium swing

South African Team 14-member Squads: 

South African cricketers such as Gerald Coetzee, Lungi Ngidi, and Marco Jansen will be available only for the 1st and 2nd T20I against India:

S.NoPlayerRoleBatting StyleBowling Style
1.Aiden Markram (c)BatsmanRight-HandedRight arm spin
2.Ottniel BaartmanBowlerRight-HandedRight-arm-fast-medium
3.Matthew Breetzke (Wk)BatsmanRight-HandedNA
4.Nandre BurgerBowlerLeft-handedLeft-arm-fast-medium
5.Gerald CoetzeeBowlerRight-HandedRight-arm-fast
6.Donovan Ferreira (Wk)BatsmanRight-HandedRight arm spin
7.Reeza HendricksBatsmanRight-HandedRight-Handed
8.Marco JansenAll-rounderRight-HandedLeft-arm-fast
9.Heinrich Klaasen (WK)BatsmanRight-HandedRight arm spin
10.Keshav MaharajBowlerRight-HandedLeft-arm spin
11.David MillerBatsmanLeft-handedRight arm spin
12.Lungi NgidiBowlerRight-HandedRight-arm-fast
13.Andile PhehlukwayoAll-rounderLeft-handedRight-arm medium
14.Tabraiz ShamsiBowlerRight-HandedLeft arm wrist spin

Team India arrived in Durban: A Warm Welcome by the Rainbow Nation

As South Africa is popularly known as the “Rainbow Nation” in cricket, the men-in-blue were greeted by rain and experienced a warm welcome in a “desi style” at “Team Hotel” in Durban. The Indian cricket team was cheered by a huge crowd at the airport after their arrival.

The first batch of the Indian cricket team for the T20I series along with the Head coach Rahul Dravid received a grand welcome. The hotel staff with a lot of enthusiasm, welcomed the Indian cricket team’s arrival.

BCCI officially shared the video on social media of the Indian cricket team arriving in South Africa.

Many players along with Suryakumar Yadav were spotted in the video such as Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Siraj, Rinku Singh, and many more…

Furthermore, Team India as visitors, will be completely honored and provided comfort by the Rainbow Nation, during their upcoming 1 month stay for the multi-format series against the hosts.

Overall, Team India arrived in Durban intending to create history against the hosts by winning the multi-format series.

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