The first Twenty20 International between India and South Africa is on Thursday, and the squad has a great potential to shatter a world record.
The first Twenty20 International between India and South Africa is on Thursday, and the squad has a great potential to shatter a world record. With a 12-match winning streak, India is tied for the longest T20I winning streak with Afghanistan and Romania. India’s winning streak began with victories over Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia in the 2021 T20 World Cup. Then, under Rohit Sharma’s leadership, India won three consecutive series, all by 3-0 scores, against New Zealand, the West Indies, and Sri Lanka. If India defeats South Africa in the first T20I at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, it will be the team’s 13th win in a row, a new world record.
Indian team head coach Rahul Dravid, on the other hand, remarked that the squad is unconcerned about records or statistics.
“To be honest, we haven’t given much thought to the record.” We’re not paying attention to the facts. It feels good to win games. However, for me, a large part of this is simply not having to worry about keeping track of items or numbers. We want to win every game we play. We want to plan and train thoroughly so that we can arrive on the field with the correct strategies in hand and attempt to execute them. If it occurs, that’ll be amazing,” Dravid said in a news conference on Tuesday.
“I’m excited to be playing against a strong South African side.” It will be an excellent opportunity for us to put our skills to the test. It will provide many of our young players the opportunity to play against a truly exceptional team for the first time. This is the most thrilling moment for us. If we win, we win. We learn, move on to the next game, and keep playing if we don’t.”
Team India began practicing on Monday in preparation for the first of five T20Is against South Africa. Team India will be led by KL Rahul, with Rishabh Pant as vice-captain, due to the unavailability of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma from the series. After impressive performances in the IPL 2022, pacers Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik won their first Team India call-up for the series.
India’s squad: KL Rahul (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (vice-captain)(WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.
South Africa’s squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen.