IND vs RSA First T20I : Team India has suffered a major setback before the first match of the five-match T20 series against South Africa starting here on Thursday. Captain KL Rahul, and spinner Kuldeep Yadav were ruled out of the series which have increased everyone’s concern. Rishabh Pant will Take Over The Command Of The Team. The host’s captain KL Rahul has been ruled out of the entire series due to a groin injury and spinner Kuldeep Yadav with a right arm injury. Now, wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant will take over the command of Team India in this series. While Hardik Pandya will be the vice-captain.
Although the temperature in Delhi is beyond 45 degrees and it will be a big challenge for the players to play in such scorching heat. In this match, all eyes will be on Hardik and Dinesh Karthik, who will play their first international match here after a strong performance in IPL 15.
Responsibilities increased in the absence of seniors
In the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and other seniors, players like Pant, and Hardik will have to play responsibly here. Coach Rahul Dravid also expects good performance from the young players. Karthik has not played for Team India since February 2019. He has played the role of a brilliant finisher in this season of IPL.
Hardik Pandya will have to perform all-round
On the other hand, Hardik Pandya will play a match for Team India after the last four T20 World Cups. Under the captaincy of Hardik, Gujarat Titans have won the IPL title this year. He scored 487 runs in 15 matches of the league at an average of 44.27 which included 4 half-centuries apart from taking 8 wickets. This series is a good chance for him to come back.
There is no sign of giving Umran a chance
Coach Rahul Dravid had praised young fast bowler Umran Malik in the first press conference of the series. But he has not given any indication of giving Umran a chance in playing XI in the first T20. It is believed that the team management is in favor of giving chances to fast bowlers Bhuvnesh Kumar, Harshal Patel, and Avesh Khan only.
Pant is India’s eighth T20 captain
Rishabh Pant will be India’s eighth T20 captain. Pant will become the captain of Team India after Rahul’s injury. Earlier Virender Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan have commanded Team India.
Team India needs to be careful with David Miller
South African players would also like to take advantage of the IPL experience here. David Miller scored 481 runs for Gujarat at an average of 68.71 and a strike rate of 142.72. The Indian team has to be careful with Miller. The same Aidan Markram and Rassie van der Dussen are also in form. Kagiso Rabada, who took 23 wickets for Punjab Kings, would also like to make a special contribution to the team.