Former Indian opener, Aakash Chopra has expressed some concern about Team India ahead of their upcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa. Overall, the Indian team has won nine out of 15 T20Is against the Proteas, but in India, the African team has lost just one game. Back in September 2019, India won their only T20I against South Africa by seven wickets in Mohali after Virat Kohli’s unbeaten knock of 52-ball 72.
However, Virat Kohli won’t be a part of the upcoming series along with veteran batter Rohit Sharma. Chopra said that South Africa has grown in stature and it’s only Temba Bavuma who can be called a slightly weak link.
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In a recent video on his Youtube channel, Aakash Chopra said, “If we see our overall head-to-head against South Africa, we have played 15 out of which we have won nine and they have won six, so it is a very good record. But if we talk about home, we have played four matches, won just one and South Africa has won three. We don’t have a worse record than this against any other team at home. South Africa has been our Achilles heel. They are the ones who trouble us.”
He further added, “South Africa has grown in confidence, South Africa has grown in stature. This series is going to be very interesting if we see their World Cup. Their team is also very good. Temba Bavuma is slightly a weak link if we talk about the shortest format. They have two spinners in the form of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi.”
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The opening T20I will be played on Thursday, June 9 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Zealand. The Indian cricketers have already got together and have started practicing for the upcoming series. It’s pertinent to note that India is yet to win a T20I series against South Africa at home.