In the final tune-up before the T20 World Cup, India hopes to address death bowling concerns. India will look to finish their T20 World Cup preparations. Wit significant improvement in their death bowling while also providing crucial game time to their untested players. The three-match series against South Africa, which begins on Wednesday.
Following India’s series victory over Australia, India captain Rohit Sharma, predictably, singled out death bowling as an area for improvement.
Two of the hosts’ key bowlers, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, have been rested ahead of the ICC event next month.
Mohammad Shami, a World Cup reserve. Still recovering from COVID-19 and will miss the three games against the Proteas after missing the rubber against Australia.
Harshal Patel struggled in his comeback series against Australia. He will expect to return to form in the final three games before the World Cup.
Deepak Chahar, who is also on standby for the World Cup, did not play in the previous series but may get a chance if the team decides to rotate its pacers across the three games. Arshdeep Singh will return to bolster the team’s resources in the slog overs. Forming an effective partnership with Jasprit Bumrah, who will be looking to regain his full rhythm after returning from injury.
Yuzvendra Chahal showed what he can do when the ball grips and turns. The series decider against Australia, after looking flat in the first two games. With the Australian conditions in mind, the astute leg-spinner will look to improve his game on docile pitches. R Ashwin could get a look in as Rohit stress the importance of giving all players game time ahead of the World Cup.
KL Rahul like to make the most of these three games after missing the previous two against Australia.
With Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma looking in good form. It is critical that Rahul is in top form before the team departs for Australia. Dinesh Karthik batted all eight balls against Australia, and Rohit has already stated that the squad’s designated finisher requires more time in the middle. Deepak Hooda will miss all six games leading up to the World Cup after being ruled out of the South Africa T20s with a back injury. Shreyas Iyer is expected to replace Hooda in the squad.
Over the next week, India will compete in a bilateral series against a team. They have yet to defeat at home. South Africa and India will meet in a group game in Australia, and while the conditions are completely different, both teams can identify areas to focus on in the next three games.
“The pitches in Australia will be different, and the ground will be much larger, but there is always something you can improve as a bowler. It’s a fantastic opportunity to bowl at these Indian batters and learn a few things to use against them in the World Cup “Tabraiz Shamsi stated
All eyes will be on the young Tristian Stubbs, who has made the World Cup squad based on his performance in franchise cricket.
South Africa’s squad:
Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs.
Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.