IND vs SA: India and South Africa are currently locking horns with each other in the three-match ODI series. The first between the teams at Johannesburg saw the Indian dominance as they thumped the opposition by 8 wickets and took a 1-0 lead. Their focus now will be on ten on the other two games as they would be eyeing a series win. 

IND vs SA: 2 players who can get the opportunity in the Indian XI for the last two ODIs in place of Shreyas Iyer 

Shreyas Iyer played a vital role for his team in the first IND vs SA game. He slammed a magnificent half-century in the first game and took his team home. The batter, however, will now be leaving the team and will be joining the Test squad to prepare for the two-match series. 

Shreyas Iyer not being available for the last two IND vs SA ODIs will be an opportunity for some of the other players to represent the nation. It’s expected that there might be a few debut caps as well for the second game, slated to take place on 19th December. As the match is a few hours away, let’s take a look at two players who can get a chance in the XI in place of Iyer: 

Rajat Patidar 

There won’t be a surprise if Rajat Patidar makes a direct entry into the Indian XI for the second IND vs SA second game. He has been one of the exciting talents in domestic cricket and there’s a lot of hype around him. He’s potentially seen as a future of Indian cricket and was around the Indian setup regularly before getting injured. If he gets an opportunity, it’ll be a great platform for him to announce himself on the big stage.

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Rinku Sing

Rinku Singh is another player who might be in line to make his debut for the Indian team in the last two IND vs SA games. He has set the stage on fire in the T20Is and the team might be seeing him as a potential finisher in the ODIs as well. He surely has a capability to bat in the middle as well and it’s fair to say that management would want him to play. Skipper KL Rahul also mentioned that he will be getting an opportunity and it won’t be a surprise if he plays the second game. 

IND vs SA: India playing 11 for the second ODI against South Africa prediction

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India is likely to play with the same XI in the second IND vs SA game. Either of Rinku Singh or Rajat Patidar will be making a debut in the team in place of Shreyas Iyer. 

Here’s India playing 11 for the second ODI against South Africa prediction

Sai Sudarshan 
Ruturaj Gaikwad 
Rajat Patidar/Rinku Singh 
Tilak Varma 
KL Rahul (wk) (c)
Sanju Samson 
Axar Patel 
Kuldeep Yadav 
Mukesh Kumar 
Avesh Khan 
Arshdeep Singh