KL Rahul has been given the position of captaincy for the 3-match ODI series against South Africa and, with that, he has become the third person to captain the Indian team in an ODI series without any prior captaincy experience in List A cricket. The other two cricketers were Syed Kirmani and Virender Sehwag. Rahul is playing his 39th ODI and is captaining it for the first time. Mohinder Amarnath was the only one before him who captained the Indian squad in 1984 before playing his 50th ODI match and he did the deed when he was through his 35th ODI match.

Venkatesh Iyer has made his ODI debut in this match against South Africa. India looks forward to a better result in this series and will try to win this time. The Indian team is going through a tumultuous change as Virat Kohli has stepped down from the Test captaincy and the power shift has given rise to a serious discussion inside the team management.