IND vs SA 2022: For some players, the five-match T20I series between India and South Africa could be crucial in the long run.
After more than two months practicing of Indian Premier League (IPL) activity, the Indian cricket team is preparing for a five-match T20I series against South Africa, which begins on Thursday. India will participate in the series as part of their preparations for the T20I World Championships in Australia in October and November 2022. The majority of the senior players, including Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah, have been rested, with KL Rahul leading the side.For example, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, and Dinesh Karthik have a fantastic opportunity to bolster their case for a longer run in the series.
A look at five Indian players who could be key in the T20I series against South Africa.
1. Dinesh Karthik
The wicketkeeper-batter was the perfect finisher for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2022. He had a strike rate of 183.33 and 330 runs in 16 matches as his team went to the playoffs. Due to his performance, the BCCI selectors have given the 37-year-old a chance in the Indian cricket team after a long layoff. Karthik’s last international encounter was in July of this year. In the long run, if he can play well against the Proteas, he may be considered for the finishers’ role.
2. Ishan Kishan
Despite a poor IPL 2022 performance, he was given a chance in the series. Despite Shikhar Dhawan’s excellent performance, the 23-year-old Ishan has the selectors’ backing for the time being. Kishan, one of the most expensive players in IPL history, scored 418 points in 14 games for the Mumbai Indians in 2022, averaging 32.15 points per game. However, he’ll have to do more if he wants to keep his spot in the lineup, especially with so many talented top-order batters waiting in the wings.
3. Shreyas Iyer
The middle-order batsman was the top scorer for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2022. In 14 games, he also donned the captain’s hat, scoring 401 runs at a 30.84 average. This series becomes even more important for Iyer due to the absence of Suryakumar Yadav, whose wide range of shots makes him an excellent middle-order alternative. In the presence of Yadav, Iyer’s status in the XI may be difficult to keep. As a result, this series gives him a great opportunity to demonstrate his point.
4. Kuldeep Yadav
The left-arm wrist-spinner has rediscovered his mojo in the T20I format. He exhibited confidence while playing for Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2022. He finished as the league’s fifth-highest wicket-taker with 21 wickets in 14 games. However, if he wants to restore his place in the Indian cricket team, he still has a long way to go. And the forthcoming series against South Africa is a fantastic chance to do so.
5. Arshdeep Singh/Umran Malik
Both of these options provide a fast-paced environment. Left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh has emerged as a complete package, bowling brilliantly in both the Powerplay and the Death Overs. Umran Malik is currently one of the fastest bowlers in the world. Both of these young men provide the Indian squad with good management options. If they perform well against the Proteas, they may be considered for major tournaments.