Team India is set to tour South Africa for a three-match Test series to be followed by as many ODIs. The red-ball encounters will progress from 26th December, whereas, the 50-over matches will get underway from 19th January.
Notably, South Africa's key player, Quinton De Kock, is likely to miss the second and the third Test match following the birth of his first child. The wicketkeeping batter's wife, Sasha is expected to deliver in the first week of January which may see the Southpaw ruling himself out of the second and the final test.
His absence will serve as a great blow for the Proteas following his potent batting. The team's lower-order batting would adhere to the big collapse including the disturbing work behind the wickets. One of Kyle Verreynne and Ryan Rickelton is set to fill De Kock’s shoes in the crucial series.
As far as India cricket's recent developments are concerned, Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the South Africa test series following his injury. It will be a big blow to the men in blue for missing on the crucial opening.
Notably, Sharma was recently appointed deputy of the red-ball game following Ajinky Rahane's suffering form lately. It has not been a week since he was assigned leadership duties of the limited-over cricket wholly being the successor of Virat Kohli.
Ind vs SA 2021 schedule: