After the mammoth IPL 2022, it is time to turn your eyes toward India’s International matches. South Africa will tour India for a bilateral series of five T20 matches. India Versus South Africa T20 Series will be played between June 9 and June 19. The T20 series begins on June 9 in Delhi as the bandwagon then moves to Cuttack on June, 12 and then to Visakhapatnam on June, 14, and then to Rajkot on June, 17. The last game will be played in Bangalore on June, 19.
KL Rahul will lead the troops in this T20 series. Starcast featuring Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami were rested in this series. Now we describe the top four things to watch out for in South Africa vs India T20 series.
Things To Watch Out For In India Versus South Africa T20 Series
#1. India’s World Record
During this T20 series, the Indian team has the opportunity to make history. Currently, the Indian team tied along with Afghanistan and associate nation Romania for the record of most consecutive T20 wins with 12. India’s unbeaten campaign started during the T20 World Cup 2021 against Afghanistan. After that India played three-match series with each New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and West Indies and won all of them. If India wins the series’s opener, then India became the first time to win 13 consecutive T20 matches.
#2. KL Rahul Captaincy
Captaincy is not something new to KL Rahul, he led India in Test matches and ODI against South Africa earlier this year. He is also captain of Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League and took them to playoffs. KL Rahul was not appointed as a full series captain in the past. However this time, he will lead India in full series.
In the absence of Star Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah, he has to make some tough decisions. His key deployment during India Versus South Africa T20 2022 are; How he uses the young Pace battery, How he uses Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Kartik, and will he include both Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the playing 11.
#3. India’s Pace Battery
There are two ways to look at the Indian Fast Bowling; one Indian pace attack will lack experience in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, On the other side, India got a breathtaking talent in the form of Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, and Avesh Khan. Arshdeep has taken ten wickets in the IPL 2022. but his ability to bowl slower bowl and nail-yorker in a tough situation and an economy of 7.70 in IPL 2022, makes him a special player.
Umran Malik is another talented bowler and impressed everyone with his pace. He has taken 22 wickets in IPL 2022. Avesh Khan has also taken 18 wickets in the IPL 2022.
#4. Point To Prove Ft. Hardik Pandya Dinesh Karthik and David Miller
Hardik Pandya who led his team to the Championship is making comeback to the Indian side with the India Versus South Africa T20 Series. The all-rounder has batted and bowled brilliantly during the IPL 2022. He gave him chance to bat in the top order and played some beautiful inning during the IPL. He has scored 487 runs in the Indian Premier League 2022. He also picked 10 wickets including three wickets in the IPL Final. It will be interesting to see if he bowls or not during this series.
Dinesh Karthik was a commentary a few months back and thereafter he was winning games for Royal Challengers Bangalore and now he makes into the Indian side. what a great turnaround for Dinesh Karthik. He smacked 330 runs at a thunderstorm strike rate of 183.33 and has an impressive batting average of 55 in the IPL 2022.
South Africa got some destructive batters in their squad, but not so like in-form David Miller. David Miller has had poor outings in the last few IPL season, however, he showcases his real talent in the IPL 2022. He was the finisher for the Gujarat Titans till the IPL final and scored 481 runs at a blistering strike rate of 143.