Team India is gearing up for South Africa’s tour of India starting with 1st T2OI tomorrow at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. Under the leadership of KL Rahul, India would be looking to start the series on a high note.
Team India squad was announced one week before the ending of IPL and few of the player’s selection was the result of their impressive performance in the IPL. Umran Malik, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Hooda & Dinesh Karthik were prized for their IPL performances. Umran Malik and Arshdeep will be debuting for team India. When asked about Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Dravid said, “He has shown his skills in IPL and specially in the particular phase of the game in the last 2-3 years. It’s no different for Team India.”
With 2 debutants and in the team with a number of experienced players, Dravid also hinted that Umran Malik may have to wait for his Team India debut. He said,” We just have to see how much playing time we will be able to give him. We have a big squad, not possible to have everyone in the playing XI. We have Arshdeep as well, who is also an exciting player and who balls well”.
Looking at Dravid statement we can conclude that only one of Umran or Arshdeep will be making their big debut tomorrow. Since it’s a 5 match series, there will be enough matches to do the experiment with the squad and playing the both youngsters together.
All eyes would be on Indian Captain KL Rahul and the big names to go big. KL Rahul himself would be looking forward to continue his IPL form in the blue cap too. Where is DK who is likely to be in playing XI will be ready to do his job finisher. Ishan, Pant & Ruturaj had a mediocre IPL season and they would be eager to back in the groove again. Shreyas & Venkatesh who have done good job for the KKR this season would love to replicate their performances in the middle. IPL winning captain Hardik Pandya will be back in the team and would be happy to continue his IPL momentum with the bat and bowl as well. Bowling department looks good with Purple cap winner Yuzi, Harshal and Bhubaneswar to lead the attack.
Match will be telecasted on Star Sport Networks on television and online on Disney+Hotstar from 7PM IST.
Probable Playing XI – KL Rahul (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (VC), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel