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India face South Africa in a three-match T20I series followed by a three-match ODI series ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022. This is their final international assignment ahead of the mega event. The first T20I will be played in Thiruvananthapuram on September 28, Wednesday. The next two matches will be played on October 2 (Guwahati) and October 4 (Indore).

The Men in Blue are heading into this series after winning a T20I series against Australia 2-1. They tracked down 188 in the decider on Sunday in Hyderabad to win the series. Virat Kohli (63) and Suryakumar Yadav (69) added a 104-run stand to anchor the chase for India. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was very happy with how his players played in the series. He spoke about the positives after the series win. Overall the Hitman now has 33 wins s India’s T20I skipper.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: BCCI)

“It’s a special place. We have had great memories playing for India and when I played for Deccan Chargers as well. The biggest positive was different individuals stepping up and delivering. You feel good about it as a management. The margin of error in T20s is small. We took our chances, we were brave as well. Sometimes it doesn’t come off. There are areas to improve as well” said Rohit.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Arshdeep Singh
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh. Image: Twitter

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will not be a part of this series for India as he will be at the NCA for some conditioning-related work. Arshdeep Singh who missed the series against Australia will come back into the squad. The series gives the Indian team another opportunity to work on their death bowling concerns ahead of the mega event. In this article, we try and predict India’s likely playing XI for the first T20I against South Africa.

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Rohit Sharma. PC- Getty
Rohit Sharma. PC- Getty
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Rohit scored 66 in the three matches against Australia including a breezy 46 in the second T20I. There are no concerns on his form as such. He would like to get some more runs under his belt in this series.

Also Read: IND vs AUS: India Create History By Surpassing Pakistan And Becoming The Team To Win Most T20Is In A Calendar Year

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Anshuman Roy

A Hardcore Cricket Enthusiast Having Previously Worked With Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint, Cricfit and Now With Cricket Addictor.