IPL 2022 – 3 Indian IPL stars who are set to miss the South Africa T20I Series
As cricket fans recover from IPL fever and gather to support Team India, they will face the South Africans in a five-match T20I series beginning on June 9th. In order to manage the fatigue of the current Indian team’s staunch players, the BCCI and selectors would look to rest a few regular players. This implies there will be debut caps available for purchase, as well as opportunities for the talented players who have been waiting in line for quite some time. However, five such players, although having played for India, will miss the trip to play in the series against South Africa because of a poor IPL season.
Keeping this in mind, here are 3 Indian IPL stars who are set to miss the South Africa T20I series.
Number 1. Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer, the Kolkata Knight Riders opener and all-rounder, was widely regarded as the Indian team’s successor for Hardik Pandya. Venkatesh, one of KKR’s four retained players, has struggled to live up to the management’s expectations. Venky is yet to perform with either the bat or the ball in the ongoing IPL 2022. Venky’s poor performance resulted in him being dropped from the starting eleven for two games.
Venkatesh has scored 182 runs in 11 innings with a below-average average of 18.20. Aside from a very low average, Venkatesh hasn’t been able to provide KKR with the much-needed quick starts, striking at only 110.30 with only one fifty-plus score to his name. Venkatesh’s dismal batting form has carried over to his bowling, as he has failed to pick up a single wicket in the four innings he has bowled for KKR. Forget about the wickets; Iyer’s bowling has been uninspiring, yielding more than eight runs each over.
Because we are anticipating a B-string side for the South Africa series, this would be an excellent opportunity for backups to shine and establish themselves. Shardul and Deepak Chahar, though, are flying through the rankings as Hardik’s backups for the T20 World Cup, with Venkatesh Iyer being less potent with both bat and ball. In the long run, Venky needs to pull up his socks with his hard-hitting talent, score consistently, and pick up wickets in the middle overs to be considered as India’s backup all-rounder in the future.
Number 2. Prithvi Shaw
The young and gifted Prithvi Shaw joins the long list of Indian openers and an even longer list of reserve openers. Shaw, who had a solid IPL 2022 before being diagnosed with typhoid, was filling in as DC’s bashing opener. A home series against South Africa may have been the game-changer that Prithvi needed.
The Mumbai-born hitter has appeared in nine innings for DC, scoring 259 runs at a 28.78 average. What sets Prithvi apart from other openers is his swashbuckling strike rate of 159.87, which is worth its weight in gold for an opening batter. Prithvi has the game and swagger of a dashing opener who can shred bowlers in powerplay overs, which is the fundamental KRA for any T20I opener. Having the skill and talent is one thing; consistently performing is quite another. Prithvi must constantly produce and restore the trust of the Indian selectors in order to make a comeback in the Indian system.
Despite everything, from fitness to Shaw’s form, he would have missed the bus to the Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi to play South Africa. In reality, India has already settled on their opening partnership for the T20 World Cup, with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma leading the way. Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad are two backup openers in India who can bat in any order. The problem of competition for the opening position is sabotaging the chances of natural, free-flowing openers like Prithvi Shaw, who need to prove their worth on a consistent basis to be considered as a regular opener for India.
Number 3. Mayank Agarwal
Mayank would have hoped for a fantastic IPL season to suddenly return to the Indian setup when Team India has backups of backups available for the opener role. However, the Punjab Kings captain was nice enough not to give the selectors any more issues with his worst ever IPL performance. As they say, captaincy is not for everyone, and the same is true for Mayank Agarwal, the batter, who has struggled since becoming captain.
Mayank has been Punjab’s most disappointing batter this season. In 11 innings this season, he has batted only 195 times for an average of 17.73 runs. In fact, Mayank’s confidence plummeted when he decided to drop down the batting order to avoid affecting the team’s scoring pace while the likes of Dhawan, Livingstone, and Bairstow were performing heroically.
The fight for Team India’s opener slot is tougher than ever before, with young guns like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, and Shubhman Gill punching above their weight in IPL 2022. Mayank Agarwal, 31, is highly unlikely to be named to the squad for the South Africa series. Mayank is yet to make his T20I debut for India, and with age not being an issue for this backup opener’s performance, Agarwal’s future in the Indian system appears bleak.