This is a make or break situation for both sides, especially South Africa, who don't wish to give up on their hopes to qualify for the semifinals.
Both the teams are yet to win a match in the tournament.
The ABD episode left the cricketing world deeply divided, especially after the Proteas’ awful opening performance in the World Cup.
The de Villiers decision hangs in the balance despite the selectors not committing to entertaining a comeback.
Back in 2003, it was the last time when the Caribbean team got the better of the Proteas in a World Cup encounter.
South Africa has failed to impress in the tournament with three consecutive defeats.
Earlier, it was also understood that De Villiers' request to make a comeback was not even considered.
The direction of South African cricket isn't one of optimism unless drastic changes are made.
"Hats off to Rohit," said Kohli after the win.
The Proteas pacers tried to put pressure on the Indian batsmen, however, Rohit's exploits propel India to their first win in this World Cup.