After winning the T20I series against Australia 4-1, India is set to tour South Africa for a multi-format series. The India vs South Africa series will witness three T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests. The T20I series will be played at the start.
India will wrestle with South Africa in the 1st T20I on December 10. The next two games will be played on December 12 and 14. Suryakumar Yadav leads India in the T20I series against South Africa. Aiden Markram is the skipper of South Africa.
If we talk about India’s T20I squad against South Africa, all the young players part of the recent Australia series have been retained. Senior members like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested for the series.
Ravindra Jadeja has made a comeback to the team after missing the Australia series. Since India has a young set of squad against Proteas, they need to pick their best combination in the playing 11. Here we discuss the best India playing 11 vs South Africa for T20Is.
India Playing 11 for South Africa T20Is
Ruturaj Gaikwad should be picked as the opener for the team in the T20Is against South Africa. The right-handed batsman showed a marvelous performance in the recent T20I series against Australia. He shattered 223 runs across 5 games averaging 55+.
At a strike rate of 159+, Gaikwad shattered 1 century and 1 fifty across 5 games. He got out for a diamond duck in the opening match due to a run-out goof-up. Still, he managed to finish as the leading run-getter in 4 games.
Shubman Gill is back in the team after the ICC World Cup 2023. He should be the other opener for the team. The right-handed batsman showed good form in the World Cup with 354 runs across 9 games with 4 half-centuries. Gill has cemented his place as an opener for India. Since he has returned, he should get the chance to open against South Africa in T20Is.
Shreyas Iyer should take the one-down position vs South Africa for T20Is. When India lost 5 wickets for just 97 runs in the 5th T20I vs Australia, Iyer showed his experience and slammed a crucial half-century. With his 53-run knock, India posted a good total of 160. Iyer is the most experienced batter in the India squad for South Africa T20Is.
Ishan Kishan (WK)
Ishan Kishan should be the wicketkeeper for India against South Africa. The left-handed batter can bat in the middle-order. Kishan has proved that he can bat in the middle order as well. Jitesh Sharma is the other wicketkeeper in the squad. However, Kishan is a lot more experienced and against a powerful team like Proteas, he will be the best choice of wicketkeeper.
Suryakumar Yadav (C)
Suryakumar Yadav is the captain of India for the T20I series against South Africa. Hence, he will lead the side. Yadav can bat in the lower middle order. He slammed a match-winning knock of 80 runs in the 1st T20I against Australia. The right-handed batsman had a high strike rate of 160+ while bating. After crushing the Aussies under his captaincy, Yadav will now aim to outplay the Proteas.
Rinku Singh should be a lower-order batsman. The left-handed batter won the hearts of many fans with his hard-hitting batting style in the previous series. He had the highest strike rate of 175+ in the series. He remained not out in two games and also led the team to victory in one.
Ravindra Jadeja is back for the T20I series against South Africa. He should be picked as an all-rounder. Jadeja grabbed 16 wickets in ICC World Cup 2023 across 11 games. Hitting 120 runs across 5 innings with 2 unbeaten knocks, the left-handed batsman held an average of 40.0.
Ravi Bishnoi should be picked as the spinner after his stunning show in the recent series. He picked 9 wickets against the Aussies across 5 games to finish as the leading wicket-taker for the team. He also grabbed crucial breakthroughs in some games.
Arshdeep Singh should be one of the pacers for India against South Africa. In the final T20I game against Australia, the left-arm pacer defended 10 runs off his last over. In 4 games, he hunted 4 wickets at an economy of 10+. Although he was quite costly, he did a wonderful job in the final match to hand India a 4-1 lead in the series.
Mohammed Siraj is back in the team after the ICC World Cup 2023. The right-arm pacer is a regular pacer for India currently. Siraj is the most experienced pacer for India against South Africa. The team will need his expertise against the mighty South Africa, who are a very dominant team on home soil.
Mukesh Kumar emerged very impressive in the recent series. The right-arm pacer grabbed 4 wickets in 4 games after leaking runs at 9.12 economy. However, Mukesh Kumar bowled many wonderful overs in the death. In the 5th T20I against Australia, he grabbed 3 wickets in his 4-over spell to drive the team to victory.