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India’s likely playing XI for the T20Is in South Africa

Following a record of 12 straight T20I victories, Team India will host South Africa for a five-match series in June. This bilateral series comes just a few weeks after the conclusion of the IPL 2022, so expect a few veteran players to be rested. The Men in Blue have a jam-packed schedule till the end of the year. Rohit Sharma and his teammates will have one eye on the T20I World Cup, which will be staged later this year in Australia.

In the three-match Test and one-day international series, India will seek vengeance on the Proteas, who humiliated them just a few months ago. As the newly designated T20I captain, Rohit Sharma has won nine consecutive games, including bilateral series victories over New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies. He’ll want to keep this momentum going as the ultimate battle in Australia approaches.

In this article, we will look at the probable playing XI for the Indian National Team –

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul to open the innings

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Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian team, is unlikely to be rested for this series. Rohit Sharma, affectionately known as ‘Hitman’ by his supporters, is having a forgettable IPL season, hitting at little under 20 runs per innings. Despite this, the 34-year-old batsman has been a reliable performer for India over the last decade.

KL Rahul will be among the first individuals called up to the Indian side for the South African series. The elegant opener has been one of the better batters in T20 cricket in recent years, even overshadowing a batter of Rohit Sharma’s caliber at times. Rahul has been in excellent form this IPL season, reaching two hundred, both against the Mumbai Indians.

 

Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, and Shreyas Iyer solidify the middle order

 

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Suryakumar Yadav has put on some decent efforts with the bat in a forgettable season for the Mumbai Indians. The right-handed hitter has established himself as a regular in India’s T20I squad, and there is no reason to expect him to be overlooked in the near future.

Rishabh Pant is another sure-fire addition to the T20I team. The left-handed hitter will also be the series’ first option wicket-keeper, and he is slated to bat at No. 5. Given the enormous impact he can have on the game, Pant may bat higher in the order as well.

Shreyas Iyer was unstoppable in a three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka a few months ago. The right-handed batter hammered 204 runs in three innings against the Asian rivals, striking out only once.

Shreyas Iyer is expected to bat in the middle order alongside Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya. The Mumbai-based batsman has the capacity to score runs at a breakneck pace, as evidenced by his performance against Sri Lanka.

 

Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja form the all-rounder duo

 

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Hardik Pandya has finally struck a purple patch in terms of batting performance, as he has been virtually unstoppable in the IPL this season. The Gujarat Titans captain has led his team from the front, both with the bat and with the ball. With the T20I World Cup coming up in a few months, the selectors will almost probably include Hardik in their preparations.

However, given that he experienced a small groyne injury during the first half of the IPL season, the all-rounder may still be unable to bowl against South Africa. Despite his ongoing injury problems, Hardik Pandya is in much better shape at the present and has matured as a hitter.

Ravindra Jadeja’s inclusion for the series against South Africa is in doubt, as he may be rested due to the rigorous schedule that lies ahead. The Indian all-rounder has also been plagued by ailments recently. The series against South Africa, on the other hand, is the first step in preparing for the World Cup, and the selectors will try to avoid resting too many experienced players.

The Chennai Super Kings captain has improved as a hitter in recent years, becoming an important part of the lower middle order.

 

T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Umran Malik form the bowling attack

 

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T Natarajan has been one of India’s star bowlers in the IPL 2022. The Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler has been outstanding in the slog overs and is a strong contender for the Purple Cap this season. Injuries have plagued the left-arm pacer in recent years, causing him to miss the most of the 2021 season. However, the selectors would be watching him closely, especially as the Indian squad lacks a great left-arm seamer.

In the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been on a return track. The Hyderabad pacer has been efficient with the new ball as well as in the slog overs. The veteran pacer is not among the fastest bowlers, but the swing he provides with the new ball can be highly dangerous. He will almost definitely be named to India’s side for the next series against South Africa.

Umran Malik, the pacer for Sunrisers Hyderabad, has been a standout this season. The brilliant Indian pacer has blistering pace and has cleanly dispatched hitters on multiple occasions. The selectors will undoubtedly seek to develop the youngster by providing him with more opportunity in the senior team. He can bowl at any stage of the game and is particularly successful in slog overs if his length is perfect.

Yuzvendra Chahal is off to a flying start in the IPL 2022 season. The wrist-spinner has a hattrick, a five-wicket haul, and is on his way to a 20-wicket haul. And we’re only halfway through the season. Last year, the Rajasthan Royals spinner was left out of the squad for the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. This time, though, that should not be the case, considering that he has become a lot more diverse bowler.