South Africa’s tour of India is scheduled to be commencing on the 28th of September, with the 1st T20I of the three-match series at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. The tour comprises 3 T20Is and as many ODIs. The 3-match T20I series will give the players good practice ahead of the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to begin next month.
Team India will be having different teams for the T20I and ODI series. Rohit Sharma will be leading the T20I squad, with all the senior players intact, who will be taking part in the marquee ICC event. There are a few injury concerns in the Indian camp. But overall, they are looking for a robust side.
On the other hand, the Proteas are also filled with experienced campaigners who are all set to give a tough fight to the home side. Their pace attack comprises the lethal trio of Rabada, Ngidi and Nortje. The batting department has crucial cogs like Quinton de Kock, David Miller, and Rilee Rossouw. Considering the team combinations, a thriller of a series is anticipated here between these two teams.
Mohammed Shami hasn’t travelled for the opening game as he is yet to recover from Covid. Deepak Hooda is also not available for selection due to a back injury. India will be without Bhuvneshwar and Hardik Pandya in this series, who will undergo conditioning-related training at the NCA in Bengaluru in the lead-up to next month’s World Cup. With Hardik not available, Rishabh Pant will get the chance to prove he has more to offer to this Indian side than just his left-handedness. Yuzvendra Chahal will also look for an upturn in form following ordinary outings against Australia.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh
Temba Bavuma will be making a comeback after a three-month layoff, courtesy an elbow injury that he sustained on South Africa’s previous tour of India in June. Wayne Parnell could trouble India’s right-hander dominated top-order, who’ve all had issues against left-arm pacers. On the batting front, South Africa will be hoping for goo performances from Quinton de Kock and David Miller against India’s in-form spinner Axar Patel owing to their match-up superiority.
Probable XI: Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram/Rilee Rossouw, Temba Bavuma, Heinrich Klaasen/Tristan Stubbs, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje
Fantasy XI Suggestion 1:
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav (c), Dwaine Pretorious, Axar Patel, Aiden Markram (vc), Anrich Nortje, Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada, Tabriaz Shamsi
Fantasy XI Suggestion 2:
Quinton de Kock (C), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (VC), Reeza Hendricks, Suryakumar Yadav, Dwaine Pretorious, Axar Patel, Aiden Markram, Anrich Nortje, Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada