With many experienced players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma being rested to keep them fresh for the England Tour in July, the Indian squad forT20I against South Africa comes with a fresh look. Players like Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Hooda will be expected to spark. Also the comeback man Dinesh Karthik would aim to make the most of this chance.
Preview of India vs South Africa T20I Tournament
Chance to Write down the history
The first match of the series is also a great opportunity for the Indian cricket team to set a world record. India are currently tied with Afghanistan and Romania for the longest T20I winning streak of 12 matches. Afghanistan was the first team to win 12 straight T20Is from February 2018 to September 2019. Then, cricket minnows Romania equalled the feat with a winning run that started from October 2020 till September 2021.
India’s winning streak started in the 2021 T20 World Cup where they beat Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia in successive matches. After that, under Rohit Sharma, India clinched three consecutive series against New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka – all with 3-0 margin. Now, if India can defeat South Africa in the first T20I at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, it will be the side’s 13th win on the trot – a new world record.
Aiming to Focus on Every Match
However, Indian cricket team head coach Rahul Dravid didn’t seem to focus too much on this record. “Honestly, we have not thought about the record. We are not really paying attention to the record. It is nice to win games. But for me, a lot of this is about not worrying about creating records or numbers. We want to win every game we play. We want to prepare and practice well and get to the field with our tactics right and try executing them. If it happens, it is great,” Dravid said in a press conference on Tuesday.
KL Rahul & Kuldeep Yadav Absent
India will be up against South Africa in a five-match T20I series from 9th to 19 June 2022 in Delhi. The hosts suffered a blow ahead of the start of the fixtures after stand-in captain KL Rahul and spinner Kuldeep Yadav were ruled out.
Rahul will miss out owing to a right groin injury, and Kuldeep was hit on his right hand while batting in the nets.
The wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant who was earlier appointed Rahul’s deputy will now lead the team and all-rounder Hardik Pandya will be the vice-captain.
Rishabh Pant & Hardik Pandya leading
“Team India Captain KL Rahul has been ruled out of the T20I series against South Africa owing to a right groin injury while Kuldeep Yadav will miss out in the T20I series after getting hit on his right hand while batting in the nets last evening,” the BCCI said in a statement.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant as Captain and Hardik Pandya as vice-captain for the home series against South Africa,” it added.
Rahul was handed the captaincy as the selectors had rested regular skipper Rohit Sharma along with the likes of Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah for the series.
Schedule of T20I for India vs South Africa
1st T20I: June 9 in Delhi
2nd T20I: June 12 in Cuttack
3rd T20I: June 14 in Visakhapatnam
4th T20I: June 17 in Rajkot
5th T20I: June 19 in Bengaluru
Where will the first T20I between India and South Africa be played?
The first T20I will be played at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium.
What time will the first T20I between India and South Africa start?
The first T20I between India and South Africa will start at 7:30 pm (IST). The toss will take place at 7pm.
Where can you watch the first T20I between India and South Africa?
- Star Sports Network channels
- Disney+ Hotstar.
Complete Squads for both teams
India’s T20I squad
Rishabh Pant (Captain)(wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain)
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik
South Africa’s T20I squad
Temba Bavuma (captain)
Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen