The first of the three-match ODI series will take part in Paarl on January 19.
KL Rahul has played for India in a number of different spots in the middle order with Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan opening the batting.
Rahul told reporters, “The last 14-15 months I have batted at 4, 5, different positions, where the team needed me. With Rohit not being here, I will bat at the top. I’m not someone who has a lot of plans and targets. I like to focus on one game at a time. That’s how I’ve played my cricket and that’s how I’ll look to lead the side.”
Rahul has replaced Dhawan as India’s regular opener in T20Is with the latter not being included in the Indian squad. Consequently for the T20 World Cup last year.
It now remains to be seen whether India will go for Dhawan or Ruturaj Gaikwad as India’s second opener in the ODI series.
Rahul leaded India in the second Test against South Africa in the absence of Kohli. And with the latter stepping down from the post after the end of the series, Rahul has been rumoured to be one of the fortuner for the position.
He said, “I have played under great captains like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli and hopefully I will use the learnings when I captain the team. I will make mistakes along the way but I will learn and get better”.