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South Africa vs India 2018: 5 reasons to watch the ODI series

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5.65K   //    01 Feb 2018, 08:11 IST

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Virat Kohli & Co. are seeking to become the first Indian side to win an ODI series in South Africa.

Team India's ODI unit is like a well-oiled machine capable of winning in all conditions across the globe.

Batting has always been India's biggest strength, but we now have a battery of fast bowlers capable of picking up wickets with the new ball as well as delivering the goods with the old ball in the dying stages of an innings and 2 amazingly talented wrist spinners capable of stemming the flow of runs in the middle overs by consistently looking to attack for wickets.

Can this team lead by a passionate and aggressive Virat Kohli re-write history?

Let's look at the top 5 reasons which will make this ODI series a compelling watch:

#5 History and #1 ranking beckons Team India

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Team India will look to create history in South Africa

India have never won an ODI series in South Africa and their overall record in South Africa is quite abysmal with just 5 wins out of 28 ODIs.

Starting from a 2-1 defeat in the Test series which ended on a high with India winning the last game, Team India will be looking to create history by seeking to become the first Indian side to win an ODI series in South Africa.

The last bilateral series between the 2 sides took place in India way back in 2015 when South Africa prevailed 3-2 after having lost the Test series and India will be looking to return the favour this time around.

There is also the added incentive of wresting back the #1 ODI ranking from South Africa if India manage to win the series 4-2.

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