India and South Africa are all set to lock horns with each other in the first match of the 5-match T20 series on 9th June 2022 at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium. The much-anticipated series is scheduled to be conducted from 9th to 19th June 2022.
South Africa are coming into the series with a full-strength side. India, on the other hand, have rested senior players such as Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rohit Sharma to name a few.
In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian team will be led by KL Rahul, while Rishabh Pant will assume the vice-captaincy duties. Youngsters such as Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh have been handed their maiden call-ups. Either one of them is likely to make their debut in the first game. Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul are likely to open the innings, while Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik have also made their comeback into the Indian Team.
Players to watch out for:
- KL Rahul
KL Rahul was in blistering form in the Indian T20 League 2022. He finished the tournament as the second-highest run-getter, scoring 616 runs in 15 matches at an average of 51.33. He has been entrusted with the opportunity to lead the side. It will be interesting to see how fares with the bat.
- Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant didn’t have the best of the outings in the Indian T20 League 2022. He got powerful starts but couldn’t convert those into big scores. The upcoming series will be an opportunity for him to stamp his authority. Dinesh Karthik is also in the squad and the pressure will be on Pant to deliver.
- Hardik Pandya
Given how Hardik Pandya performed in the Indian T20 League, the fans would be eager to see how he fares both with the bat and ball in the upcoming T20 series. Pandya has become a more responsible player and India would be benefited if he could replicate that performance for the Indian team.
South Africa are coming into the series with a full-strength side. It will be interesting to where David Miller will bat in the batting order. Temba Bavuma will continue to lead the side. Both Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will lead the pace attack.
Players to watch out for:
- David Miller
David Miller performed admirably for Gujarat in the Indian T20 League 2022. He played responsibly and helped the team win the title. Miller would be brimming with confidence and is likely to come good in the series.
- Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock played for a new franchise in Lucknow in the Indian T20 League 2022. The South African opener played a number of top-class knocks and scored 508 runs in 12 matches at a strike rate of 148.
- Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada will be the biggest bet with the ball in the series for South Africa. Rabada was the third-highest wicket-taker in the Indian T20 League 2022, picking 23 wickets in 13 matches.
South Africa Tour of India, India vs South Africa, 1st T20I
Venue: Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium
Date & Time: June 9th, 7:30 PM IST
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network for Television and Disney + Hotstar app for live streaming
The first T20I between India and South Africa is scheduled to be played at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The dimensions of the ground are pretty small and you expect the batters to hit a lot of sixes and fours. A high scoring game might be on the cards but spinners are likely to come into the game in the middle overs.