India's best possible XI for T20I series against South Africa
India will play the first T20I against South Africa on Sunday, 10th December.
India will commence their tour of South Africa with an enthralling T20I series, which is set to kick off on December 10. Leading the charge will be the dynamic Suryakumar Yadav, who steered India to a convincing 4-1 series victory over Australia in his inaugural captaincy stint. Now, he will take the reins for his first overseas assignment, Yadav’s leadership acumen will be tested against a formidable South African side. The 1st T20I will be played at Kingsmead, Durban, on Sunday, followed by the 2nd T20I at St George’s Park, Gqeberha, on December 12, and the 3rd T20I at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, on December 14.
India, with their recent success, will aim to sustain the winning momentum and lay a solid foundation for the subsequent ODI and test encounters in this month-long tour. Here we will talk about India’s best possible XI for the T20I series.
India’s best possible XI against South Africa in T20Is
1. Yashasvi Jaiswal :
Yashasvi Jaiswal, filling in the absence of Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma, has been a standout opener for India. His exceptional performances have provided solid starts that the team seeks from their top-order. As a left-handed option, Jaiswal brings a dynamic and potentially dangerous element to India’s batting line-up. With a string of impressive displays, he enters the South African tour with confidence, aiming to carry forward his fine form.
2. Ruturaj Gaikwad :
Ruturaj Gaikwad has emerged as another opener that India are delighted with, earning acclaim for his performances. His notable century in against Australia in the T20I series showcased his skills, also his abilities to be a consistent run-scorer. Gaikwad is not just an batsman, he’s also considered one of the contenders for future leadership roles. He has been selected across all three formats for South Africa tour.
3. Shreyas Iyer :
Shreyas Iyer, set to be a senior member in this squad, brings a blend of experience and flair to the team. Tasked with playing the anchor role, Iyer is known for his ability to stabilize the innings while hitting those powerful strokes when needed. A danger with the bat, Iyer’s versatility is underlined by his presence in all three formats squads, showcasing his significance and the trust the team places in his all-around skills.
4. Suryakumar Yadav :
Suryakumar Yadav, appointed as the captain of the side, comes into the leadership role with recent success and a reputation as the No. 1 T20I batsman. With abundant experience in the format, Yadav is set to lead the charge. Known for his ability to play fancy shots and strengthen the batting line-up, Yadav’s influence extends beyond leadership, making him a crucial asset in shaping India’s success in the upcoming series.
5. Rinku Singh :
Rinku Singh, the newly discovered finisher, which India have been eagerly awaiting, has seamlessly stepped into the role. His performances in Australia series were nothing short of outstanding, providing the late firepower that the team wants. Singh’s ability to fulfill the finisher’s role with precision and power makes him a perfect fit for the position. His knack for delivering under pressure and adding quick runs at the death overs has added a dynamic edge to India’s batting line-up.
6. Jitesh Sharma (Wk) :
Jitesh Sharma will be the man behind the stumps, showcasing his capabilities not just as a reliable wicket-keeper but also as a proficient batsman. His commendable performances in Australia series, marked by some noteworthy knocks and wicket-keeping skills, have earned him the trust of the team management. India place confidence in Sharma as the designated keeper for South Africa series..
7. Ravindra Jadeja :
Ravindra Jadeja’s will return in the XI after a break post-ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. He adds a dynamic dimension to the squad. Renowned for his all-round skills, Jadeja brings a valuable combination of batting and bowling skills to the table. His exceptional fielding adds his significance, adding flair to the team’s performance on the field.
8. Deepak Chahar :
Deepak Chahar, will be the new ball bowler for India. Known for his ability to swing the ball both ways, Chahar poses a significant threat to opposition batsmen in the early overs. His dual role as a handy lower-order batsman adds depth to India’s batting line-up. Despite facing setbacks due to frequent injuries and missing the last T20I due to a medical emergency, Chahar is determined to make a mark in South Africa series.
9. Ravi Bishnoi :
Ravi Bishnoi’s selection over the seasoned Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal was a strategic move that paid off handsomely in Australia series. The young leg-spinner showcased his mettle by claiming an impressive nine wickets, earning him the well-deserved man of the series award. Bishnoi’s stellar performance demonstrated not just his wicket-taking ability but also his composure under pressure.
10. Arshdeep Singh :
Arshdeep Singh, a left-arm seamer, emerges as a valuable bowling asset for India with his ability to effectively handle both old and new ball. His commendable performances with the ball, showcasing skillful seam bowling, have earned him recognition. Arshdeep’s precision in delivering accurate yorkers adds a potent weapon to India’s bowling strength.
11. Mohammed Siraj :
Mohammed Siraj, making a return post-ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, will assume the role of the senior bowler, adding experience and depth to the bowling line-up. Known for his versatility, Siraj is set to play a pivotal role, not just in tests and ODIs but also in the shortest format of the game. His skills in both powerplay and death overs provides a strategic advantage, offering captaincy flexibility. Having showcased his mettle in varying formats, Siraj will be eager to prove his worth once again.
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