The South African cricket team is scheduled to travel to the Indian subcontinent to lock horns with the Men in Blue in three Twenty20 Internationals and three Tests in the prestigious Gandhi-Mandela series. The tour is set to commence on the 15th of September, 2019.
India are riding high on momentum after clean sweeping the West Indies across all formats. However, the Indian T20I squad still looks a work in progress. Skipper Virat Kohli would be hoping to find the appropriate team balance as the side focusses on competently preparing itself for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.
On the other hand, the Proteas would be yearning to get back to winning ways, following a horrible World Cup campaign. Surprisingly, the captaincy reins in the shortest version of the game have been snatched from Francois du Plessis and have been handed over to wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock.
In fact, the experienced campaigner has not even found a place in the T20I squad, which is quite shocking considering his remarkable credentials.
Apart from the above, several consistent performers from the domestic circuit have been rewarded with berths in the national squads for the tour. The likes of Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks and Anrich Nortje could be seen making their debut for the Proteas.
As for the longest format, the three Tests would mark the beginning of South Africa's campaign in the newly-formed ICC World Test Championship.
Also see - India vs South Africa Schedule 2019
1) INDIA V SOUTH AFRICA, 15 September, 19:00 IST, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
2) INDIA V SOUTH AFRICA, 18 September, 19:00 IST, Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
3) INDIA V SOUTH AFRICA, 22 September, 19:00 IST, M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
1) INDIA V SOUTH AFRICA, 09:30 IST, October 2-6, ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam
2) INDIA V SOUTH AFRICA, 09:30 IST, October 10-14, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
3) INDIA V SOUTH AFRICA, 09:30 IST, October 19-23, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (captain), Rassie van der Dussen (vice-captain), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.
India: To be announced
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Heinrich Klassen.
Where to watch
Indian audiences can catch the India vs South Africa series on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD1, Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD2 channels. Matches can also be streamed live in the Indian subcontinent on the digital platform Hotstar.
DD National (DD1) and DD Sports will also broadcast India v South Africa T20I series live in India.
South Africa - SuperSport
US - Willow TV, SkySports