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3 Players who will sit out the India vs South Africa series due to injury

Following an emphatic 2-1 series triumph over reigning T20 global champions Australia, India will now turn their attention to a three-match home T20I series against South Africa, which begins on Wednesday, September 28. A determined Indian squad will be seeking to make the most of their last preparations in the shortest format before the T20 World Cup 2022 by extending their undefeated record in the home T20I series.

The Men in Blue, on the other hand, still have a lot of work to do in their death bowling, and they will be up against a South African squad that has been formidable in the previous 10 months. When the Proteas last visited India in June, the series ended 2-2 when the fifth and final game was rained out.

Let’s look at three players who will miss the India vs. South Africa series owing to injuries.

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Number 1. Deepak Hooda

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Deepak Hooda has emerged as one of India’s most valued players in the shortest format in recent years, making the most of his few chances. The batting all-rounder was also included in the Asia Cup 2022 squad.

While the Rohtak cricketer has won a well-deserved T20 World Cup call-up, he will miss the South Africa limited-overs series owing to a back ailment incurred ahead of the third T20I against Australia in Hyderabad.

The degree of the injury is unclear at this time, and it remains to be seen if it will jeopardize his prospects of participating in next month’s T20 World Cup.

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Number 2. Rassie van der Dussen

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Rassie van der Dussen has been the backbone of South Africa’s middle order and one of their most successful batsmen in white-ball cricket over the previous year. He has emerged as a proven match-winner with the ability to produce under duress.

Unfortunately for the Proteas, van der Dussen will miss the India series as well as the T20 World Cup in Australia after breaking his left index finger during the second Test in England.

In van der Dussen’s absence, the middle-order will bear more responsibility, as they did in their last full-fledged series before the World Cup.

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Number 3. Mohammed Shami

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Senior pacer Mohammed Shami may not play in South Africa’s home T20Is. He was expected to participate in the recently finished T20I series against Australia before being ruled out owing to a positive COVID-19 test.

Umesh Yadav has been appointed his substitute, and the Indian think tank may consider including Umesh in the Indian team, allowing Shami to recuperate in time for the World Cup next month when he has been listed as a reserve player.

Shami is yet to play a T20I for the Men in Blue since the end of the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE, which is a source of worry for Rohit Sharma’s side.