India will play South Africa in a five-match T20I series between June 9 to 19 across five venues in India. The senior players in the squad namely, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rishabh Pant are expected to be rested for the series.
This gives the BCCI to name a young side and test them out in home conditions. The series also serves as a dress rehearsal for the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia. Since conditions in Australia will be totally different to India, they can prepare the pitches which can almost resemble the pitches down under to get them prepared for the mega event.
With India also slated to play against England in July, the senior players in the squad might be given a break from the series. Thus the squad that might be announced might have many young and inexperienced players. Shikhar Dhawan is expected to lead the side. Hardik Pandya is being seen as another potential option after his impressive captaincy with the Gujarat Titans.
In this article, we try and predict India’s likely 15-member squad for the home series against South Africa. Particular focus will be on covering all the bases.
IND vs SA: India Squad vs South Africa (Predicted)
Openers: Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill
All the above-mentioned names are the chief contributors with the bat for their respective teams. While Dhawan and Gill have scored over 400 runs for the season, Gaikwad after a slow start has scored over 350 runs in the season and bagged a few good scores. The experience of the southpaw can come in very handy in these Indian pitches where a batsman needs to anchor the innings most of the time. Gill can Gaikwad can be used in alternate games if that is the game plan.