South Africa Tour Of India 2022, IND Playing XI vs SA (Predicted), 1st T20I. After an enthralling victory over Australia in the final game to take the series 2-1, India will be gearing up to take on South Africa for a three-match T20I series.
The first match of the series will be played at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram on 28th September from 7 pm onwards. This will be the second time South Africa visiting India to play a T20I series in 2022.
India came back stronger against Australia after losing the first T20I game despite posting above 200. They won the second T20I game- a rain-curtailed 8-over affair by 6 wickets and the third T20I by 6 wickets. Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav both scored half-centuries to win the 3rd T20I for India with one ball to spare. Spinner Axar Patel was named man of the series for picking 8 wickets with the ball. This was India’s first T20I series win in 15 years against Australia.
South Africa’s success in this T20I format took a turn last year. Since then they have won 5 out of the 6 T20 series and have drawn one. The drawn series one came against India when they visited them in June. The Proteas were 2-0 up in the 5-match series but lost the next two T20Is by big margins. They are yet to lose a T20I series in India. Out of three T20I series on Indian soil, they have won one and have drawn 2.
A series win against Australia showed India’s plus as well as minus points clearly. As a batting unit, they have gathered the best squad to go to the ICC World T20I next month. Except for KL Rahul, the top order has been playing some next-level game. KL Rahul’s consistency and strike rate are yet to justify his place.
On the other hand, other batters Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav in the top order depict a completely different picture. Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, and Axar Patel in the middle have bought more stability to the Indian side, but Hardik Pandya has been rested for this series.
Dinesh Karthik has played the role of the finisher in many games since his comeback. Axar Patel who replaced Ravindra Jadeja in the playing 11 was the leading wicket-taker in the Australia series with 8 wickets and took the player of the series award.
With the batting and all-rounder unit performing well above expectations, India’s drawbacks lie in its bowling department. Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel are yet to find their feet after the injury. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been consistent throughout the year but he has been rested for the upcoming Proteas series.
BCCI has added Shreyas Iyer and Shahbaz Ahmed to their squad for the upcoming three-match series against Proteas. The development comes after it was learned that Deepak Hooda has been ruled out of the T20I series due to a back spasm and in his place, Shreyas Iyer has been recalled into the India squad whereas Shahbaz Ahmed has been called as a replacement for Hardik Pandya, who has been rested.
Mohammad Shami has failed to recover from Covid-19 and has been ruled out of the series against South Africa. In his place, Umesh Yadav, who was named as his replacement for the Australia series, will continue to be with the squad.
South Africa Tour Of India 2022, IND Playing XI vs SA (Predicted), 1st T20I
Rohit Sharma will be the skipper of India in the T20I series against South Africa and will lead the team in the 1st T20I as well. He will be an opener for the team in the match. The right-handed batter failed to score a good knock in the 1st T20I against Australia as he got out for just 11 runs. He started well with a six and a four but got out soon.
In the 2nd T20I against Australia, Rohit Sharma played a captain’s innings by leading from the front and also won MOM for his outstanding 20 balls unbeaten 46. His innings were laced with 4 fours and as many sixes as India successfully chased the 91 runs target in an 8 overs-curtailed match due to wet outfield. In the 3rd T20I, he scored 17 runs off 14 balls before Pat Cummins dismissed him.