India vs South Africa: Here's India's likely Playing XI

After Pakistan’s stunning win Indian cricketers and pundits took to twitter to congratulate them for their unbelievable comeback. The whole cricketing fraternity left behind all political tensions between the two countries to wish the nemesis

Congratulations! South Africa, you guys got spirit! According to people privy to the talks, de Villiers' request was "not even considered". The World Cup exit was a tough pill to swallow for the 34-year-old, as the entire South African team (including him) were left teary-eyed the moment they lost the semi-final encounter against New Zealand in Australia.

"I pleaded with AB de Villiers not to retire in 2018".

Sachin was also a tad surprised with South Africa's decision to bat first despite conditions being favourable for seamers.

Du Plessis (38) and Rassie van der Dussen (22) put on a patient 54 in 80 balls in a bid to rebuild the innings, but after the latter was bowled trying a reverse-sweep off Chahal, wickets fell at regular intervals.

It is believed that their return could not be possible for two reasons.

As far as MS Dhoni is concerned, he had a decent outing in Southampton to start of the World Cup.

De Villiers surprised South African officials when he made an announcement on social media a year ago that he was retiring from worldwide cricket following a successful comeback in a Test series against Australia.

"For me, in green and gold, it must be everything or nothing", he said. Their cricketers have traditionally been fierce fighters but this is one quality that is sadly missing from their current campaign.

Before the cricket community trained its eyes on the World Cup, de Villiers turned out for his IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore. They really didn't win much after the toss I'm afraid.

"It was a very sensitive situation", he added.

The Proteas are without fast bowler Lungi Ngidi, who hurt his hamstring in their last outing, as well as Dale Steyn who was sent home without playing after not recovering from a shoulder injury.

While there is a possibility that Dhoni may have worn these gloves with the dagger insignia earlier also, it did get a lot of traction on social media with fans loving his unique way of paying tribute to the armed forces.

"A few opportunities came our way but then didn't go our way". It's that picking and choosing thing again, and it's quite arrogant to do something like that.

The team has failed in all departments of the game and that is something you don't associate with South Africa.

After facing men in blues, Proteas will next lock the horns with West Indies on June 10 at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground while Indian cricketers will battle with five-time World Cup lifters Aussies June 9 at The Oval Stadium. "Nothing comes close to the IPL, to be honest", de Villiers had said.

In contrast, India looked hungry and skilful in their tournament opener, with their senior players leading from the front.

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