With Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Jasprit Bumrah not part of the T20 series against South Africa, the likes of Mukesh Kumar, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Yashasvi Jaiswal have a golden chance to further impress the selectors ahead of the T20 World Cup. Mukesh, Gaikwad, and Jaiswal had a good T20 series against Australia, and now it’s about continuing with the same momentum.
With the Ajit Agarkar-led selection panel stating clearly that it will look to give youngsters a longer ropecin the T20I format, the South Africa series presents a golden opportunity for the Indian team to press a case for the selection for the T20 World Cup.
Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Gill, Siraj back from the break, as Suryakumar Yadav-led India target series win in South Africa
Ravindra Jadeja, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, and Mohammed Siraj will return from the break and will feature in the three-match T20 series against South Africa. Barring the four players, the rest of the squad will be the same from the Australia T20 series. However, the pressure will be huge on Gill, Jadeja, Kuldeep, and Siraj to deliver the goods in the shortest format of the game, as in their absence others have done well.
Ravi Bishnoi picked up nine wickets against Australia, and was named player of the series. He is delivering consistently and trying to make the T20 WC spot his own in absence of Kuldeep. On the other hand, Gaikwad was the highest run-scorer in the T20 series in the absence of Gill.
A slip-up against South Africa will prove to be disastrous for the seasoned players.
India squad for T20 Series against South Africa
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav (C), Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (VC), Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Deepak Chahar