IND Playing 11: Team India is chasing a world record. The team is eyeing a record 13th T20I victory and to achieve this world record feat they will have to collide against South Africa at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
The BCCI selection committee has rested some of the senior members for this series including the regular skipper Rohit Sharma along with Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, etc., whereas, the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja have been axed from the 18-man squad due to injury. KL Rahul will be leading in Rohit Sharma’s absence and will have the onus to help India secure a record 13th win in T20Is. What will be the playing 11 for India in the first T20I? Let’s discuss.
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KL Rahul (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (VC & WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, Arshdeep Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Umran Malik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan
The stand-in skipper KL Rahul was prolific in the recently concluded Tata IPL as he amassed 600+ runs in the season. He will be the lynchpin at the top for India. Take a look at his T20I numbers.
KL Rahul in the last five T20I appearances
Hardik Pandya led Gujarat Titans to Tata IPL glory. He was prolific with both bat and ball during the IPL as he scored 450+ plus and was on the money with the ball clocking 140+ with ease. Hardik is perhaps in the best shape physically ever since Asia Cup 2018 and will be a vital cog in this series. Below are his T20I numbers.
Hardik Pandya in the last five T20I appearances
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