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Ind vs SA T20I Series: Few Areas Where the New Look Indian Side can Work Out before the 2022 T20 World Cup

For the First time, India is being led by Rishabh Pant in the T20Is with the deputy of Hardik Pandya given the injury of first announced captain KL Rahul.

India is all set to take the big challenge against South Africa; there is a chance that players will do better to earn a ticket to Australia.

India is very much focused on their preparation for their T20 World Cup to be held in Australia, the five-match T20 series against South Africa starts on Thursday, 9 July 2022.

One of the biggest challenges for team India will be putting Dinesh Karthik into that mix; so that he can play as finisher role for Indian team.

Biggest Challenge: Middle Order batter:

In India’s middle order, only one position is up for grabs.

However, opening in the country is similar to a government job: there are many more applicants than slots available. Before the IPL, Shreyas Iyer got in Sri Lanka with 57* off 28, 74* off 44, and 73* off 45.

All of those runs came from No. 3, which Iyer believes is his greatest position.

However, Kohli will almost certainly bat there at the World Cup, despite his current form hence he is rested.

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Iyer has also performed admirably at No. 4 in the past, so it’s not as if he can’t bat lower in the order.

The only problem is that he prefers to take his time settling in, which is something he needs to focus on.

Meanwhile Deepak Hooda, who just had his greatest IPL season with 451 runs at a strike rate of 136.66, is the next possibility. More importantly, he batted anywhere from third to sixth base with ease. Another plus for him is that he can contribute with the ball if necessary.

Tough Challenge to find Second Spinner:

Yuzvendra Chahal cemented his standing as India’s No. 1 T20I spinner with 27 wickets in IPL 2022, while the second spinner’s spot is still up for grabs. It was such a blunder not to pick him in the last World Cup in UAE.

Ravindra Jadeja would have marched into that role a year ago, but a poor IPL performance followed by an injury has allowed others to take his place.

India has a like-for-like alternative for Jadeja in Axar Patel. Axar can bowl four overs on a regular basis, score quick runs in the bottom middle order, and field well.

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He is just not a wicket taker, like Jadeja, and spins the ball in the same direction as Chahal, hence against a team with several left-handed batters, the latter could be a concern. Still, Jadeja is miles ahead of Patel.

Ravi Bishnoi, with his rapid googlies, sliders, and leg breaks, is another possibility. In February 2022, he produced a good first impression during the West Indies series, although he is still a work in progress. That’s where Kuldeep Yadav enters the picture.

Kuldeep, an attacking wrist spinner, appears to have rediscovered his rhythm following a few adjustments to his approach. But he is ruled out of the South Africa tour because of injury. In addition to Chahal, he spins the ball away from left-handed batters. It’s so disappointing to think that Kuldeep had been ruled out of the series.

India needs a backup opener:

India is still looking for a replacement opener for Rohit and KL Rahul. The selectors have chosen Ishan Kishan for that role in the 2021 T20 World Cup, claiming that he could even bat in the middle order if necessary.

The fact that he bats left-handed, was considered an “essential” asset, as was his wicketkeeping ability.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad is a writer. While Kishan is considered a threat, Gaikwad is seen as a stabilizing force. Gaikwad didn’t have a terrific IPL season, although he did show flashes of brilliance on occasion. Both batsmen will get another chance to shine in the South Africa series.

Quite surprisingly, India tends to have moved on from Shikhar Dhawan; the left-handed dynamic batter has been in some purple from for quite a few IPL seasons; he not only gives a rocket start to the team but also carries his team till the end with a huge responsible knock.

Destructive Pacers have to shine:

The top gun bowler of India Jasprit Burmah is rested. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the world’s best seamers who in absence of Burmah will play a major role. He had a good IPL season for Sunrisers, but India would like to see him being more consistent and potent.

He has a chance to become India’s favorite new-ball bowler in the absence of Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar. Not to mention, he’s capable of being as good as anyone in the death overs.

Avesh Khan is a fictional character who appears to be in the film. He’s been with the team for quite some time, but it wasn’t until this year that he played his first T20I match.

Harshal Patel too will be a good asset given his slower balls and the way he hit the pitch hard; also, the big grounds in Australia too will be so valuable as far as he is concerned. And he is a cunning bowler who knows how to update himself throughout the year to keep his shine.

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Imran & Arshdeep Amazing bowling trio:

Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh, both had outstanding IPL seasons. With his blistering pace, Malik established himself as Sunrisers Hyderabad’s middle-overs enforcer, claiming 22 wickets in 14 games.

Unlike Umran, Arshdeep can bowl in all periods of the innings. India is spoiled with choices when it comes to fast-bowling choices. Arshdeep can bowl in consistent line so that he can put the batters quite at the death. In 14 IPL 2022 games, he got 10 wickets.

Hence Umran and Arshdeep are the one of the most top-quality bowlers India have ever seen they have to bowl and hold their line and length so that they can get the wickets. India’s long search for a left-handed pacer might end when they would hand over the debut cap to Arshdeep Singh.

Biggest Development in Indian Cricket:

Kl Rahul was named as a captain of the Indian T20 squad in absence of Rohit Sharma before he got injured ahead of first T20I against South Africa. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav also injured his right hand while he was batting.

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Therefore, Rishabh Pant will be the captain and lead the side while Hardik Pandeya will be vice-captain. According to the report Rishav pant says Pant, who plays domestic cricket for Delhi, said, “It’s a tremendous feeling, especially having an opportunity like this in your hometown.”

“It doesn’t get any bigger than this.”

It didn’t come with the best of conditions, but I’ll make the best of it and give it my all.

 “I think it [captaining in the IPL] will assist me a lot because you tend to grow when you keep doing the same thing over time.”

I am someone who constantly learns from my mistakes, and that is something that will benefit me in the coming days.”

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Three things India can win the series:

1)India has to maintain constancy and face the bowler, so that they do not lose wicket. If they lose wickets in the middle then they have to anchor match and then they can go for the shot.

2) India has to be very much confident and has to maintain and anchor the particular over if they lose wickets.

3) It might be their last audition before selecting the side for the T20 World Cup in 2022 in Australia and the batter and bowlers; specially Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karhik will give their all.

Indian has lost the first of the five match T20I series by seven wickets for the first time defending a 200+ total in the hands of Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller.

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