As per the source of ANI in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the veteran Indian batter, Shikhar Dhawan is expected to lead India in the upcoming three-match ODI series against South Africa ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022. The captaincy will be handed over to Dhawan as T20 World Cup-bound players are likely to be rested, the sources added.
The eighth edition of the ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to be taking place from October 16 to November 13 this year in Australia.
Moreover, VVS Laxman will also be likely to be with the team as a coach in absence of head coach Rahul Dravid. India will play three T20Is and three ODIs against South Africa starting September 28. The first T20I is scheduled to take place in Thiruvananthapuram on September 28. The second T20I will be played on October 2 at Guwahati, followed by the last T20I at Indore on October 4.
The action will then shift to Lucknow on 6th October where the ODI series will get underway, where Shikhar Dhawan will lead the squad. Ranchi and Delhi will host the second and third ODI, respectively, on October 9 and 11.
Earlier this year ahead of the Zimbabwe series, the BCCI on August 11 announced that KL Rahul was fit again for the ODI series and he will be leading the ODI squad while Shikhar Dhawan will be his deputy. Notably, under the captaincy of Dhawan led India in the ODI series against the West Indies last month when the seniors were rested and KL Rahul was unavailable after he contracted Covid-19.
Shikhar Dhawan led India’s ODI team in the West Indies in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma. Under his leadership, India whitewashed the Windies in the three-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.