Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan will open the batting alongside Ishan Kishan after KL Rahul was ruled out of the series due to injury. Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and death overs specialist Harshal Patel will share fast bowling duties.
The opening match of the T20I series between India and South Africa is ready to commence at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. South Africa’s captain, Temba Bavuma, won the toss and elected to bowl. India’s stand-in captain, Rishabh Pant, said it was an honor to lead his country for the first time in his hometown.
“I think the surface is good, and I’m not frightened to bat first”. If I had won the toss, I would have bowled first. It’s one of my proudest cricket exploits to date. Because having a Delhi youngster receive that (captaincy) accolade means a lot to me. Thank you to everyone who has helped me achieve this goal. During the coin toss, Pant commented, “We know our starting XI, but we’re also assigning additional roles to guys to see how they manage them in the future.”
The fast paceman Umran Malik was left out of the starting XI.
Ruturaj Gaikwad will open the batting alongside Ishan Kishan after KL Rahul was ruled out of the series due to injury. Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and death overs specialist Harshal Patel will share fast bowling duties.
India’s middle-order will be led by IPL stars Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, and Shreyas Iyer.
India is on the verge of setting a new global record in this category. With a win in this match, India will have won 13 T20Is in a succession, putting them on track to break Afghanistan’s record.
India and Afghanistan currently hold the record for most straight victories with 12.
India Playing XI vs South Africa, 1st T20I: Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, DK, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar kumar, Avesh Khan and Axar Patel
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