India’s Test and One-Day International squads for their forthcoming trip to South Africa are yet to be named. The selection panel, led by Chetan Sharma, has a lot of work ahead of them. Regardless of the surrounding hubbub, Shikhar Dhawan is expected to return to the ODI squad, according to reports. The opener is expected to be named in the team for the three one-dayers, according to a report. Despite being in his 30s, the Delhi batsman has been a consistent ODI performer for a long time. In fact, during the Men in Blue’s trip to Sri Lanka in July, he captained the team.

Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are poised to keep their Test berths, according to a report by TOI. The selectors appear to be eager to extend their rope. However, India’s vice-captain in the longest version of the game is unlikely to be included in the XI due to his dismal form. While Rahane and Pujara have been regulars in India’s Test team for a long time, their recent record hasn’t been particularly encouraging. The Mumbai hitter is arguably experiencing the worst season of his career.

In his last 16 Tests, he has an average of only 24.39. He hasn’t had a significant knock in a while, save from his century against Australia at the MCG during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21. In Tests, players like Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari have made a strong case to take his place as India’s number five-hitter.

The 27-year-old batsman from Andhra Pradesh has three back-to-back half-centuries in the unofficial Test series against South Africa, after scoring a stunning century on his debut at Kanpur. A. Pujara, on the other hand, has had a recent history of inconsistency. During the England tour, he scored two half-centuries and a 45, but he was unable to score any significant runs in the recently finished series against New Zealand.