Thiruvananthapuram: Through the three-match series (IND vs SA T20 Series) against South Africa starting on Wednesday, the Indian team (Team India) should improve its bowling of death overs and batsmen before the T20 World Cup 2022. Willing to give practice. After winning the series (IND vs AUS T20 Series) against Australia, Indian captain Rohit Sharma said that there is a need to improve the death bowling. The Indian team will miss two of its key bowlers, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who have been rested ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Mohammed Shami has not yet recovered from the corona infection and will not be able to play all three matches. Harshal Patel returned to the series against Australia after recovering from injury but conceded runs at an average of 12 and had an economy rate above nine. Standby Deepak Chahar for the World Cup did not get a chance in the last series and can now play three matches if the pacers are rotated.
Yuzvendra Chahal bowled well on the turning pitch in the third match after the pitch remained flat in the first two matches against Australia. Keeping in mind the pitches of Australia, Chahal will be aiming to improve his performance. Rohit Sharma has talked about giving a chance to all the players before the World Cup, so R Ashwin can be dropped in the playing XI. In batting, KL Rahul could not run against Australia and he would like to make up for it in this series.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are in form and Rahul will also have to score runs at a fast pace. Dinesh Karthik got only eight balls to play against Australia and Rohit has already said that he needs to spend more time at the crease. Deepak Hooda, who was included in the World Cup squad, will not be able to play against South Africa due to a back injury. Shreyas Iyer can be fielded in his place. India has not beaten South Africa in a home bilateral series.
The two teams will face each other in the group stage of the World Cup in Australia but the circumstances will be different. Both the teams can find their weaknesses and work on them in these three matches. South Africa’s Tabrez Shamsi said, “In Australia the pitches will be different and the grounds will be bigger but the bowler should always work on his performance. This will be a golden opportunity to try the Indian batsmen.”
Teams as follows:
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortune, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Janssen, Keshav Maharat, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Enrich Norcia, Wayne Parnell, Andile Felukvayo, Dwayne Pretorius, Kagiso Rosobayuda , Tabrez Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs.
Match Time: From seven o’clock in the evening. (agency)