Star South Africa National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was not included in the playing XI in the second T20 International (T20I) match against the Rishabh Pant-led India National Cricket Team.
The second T20 International match of the five-match T20 International series between India and South Africa is being played at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on Sunday, June 12.
South Africa once again won the toss and they opted to bowl first in the match. At the toss, the Proteas skipper revealed that they have made two forced changes to the playing XI as Reeza Hendricks and Heinrich Klaasen have replaced Quinton de Kock and Tristan Stubbs in the playing XI.
Notably, Stubbs made his international debut in the last game for South Africa but he didn’t get the opportunity to bat as David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen had finished the match for the Temba Bavuma-led side to help South Africa get a 1-0 lead in the series.
Temba Bavuma Reveals Real Reason Behind Quinton de Kock’s Exclusion
At the toss, the Proteas skipper revealed that the star wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock suffered a hand injury and he will not be able to take part in the second T20I against India.
“We will have a bowl first. We don’t know how the wicket will play. It was easier to bat second in the last game. You can chase anything with smaller boundaries.
“You need to stay in the fight as batters. We have two forced changes; QDK has a hand injury and Stubbs misses out, Klaasen and Hendricks come in,” Bavuma said at the toss.
De Kock not playing is a piece of good news for India as the wicketkeeper-batsman has smashed 159 runs at a strike rate of 143.20 in 4 T20I innings he has batted against India.
Meanwhile, the India team made no changes to the playing XI in the 2nd T20I against Temba Bavuma-led South Africa.
India (Playing XI): Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan
South Africa (Playing XI): Temba Bavuma(c), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Dwaine Pretorius, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
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