IND v SA series will decide the team of T20 World Cup! Who will be the backup opener and whose ticket will be cut in the middle order?


New Delhi. After the end of the IPL, now Team India is eyeing the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia in October-November this year. Its preparation will start with the series of 5 T20 against South Africa (IND v SA T20 Series). Senior players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested for this series. There are many such questions in front of the Indian team, whose answer will be tried to find in the series against South Africa. So that the team of T20 World Cup can be prepared from now.

When Team India goes to play the series against South Africa from June 9, then the team management will also have an eye on which batsman will fit in the middle order and get the ticket for the T20 World Cup? Broadly speaking, there is a gap in the middle order. But, the contenders are many. The first is Shreyas Iyer, who played an unbeaten 57 in 28 balls, 74 not out in 44 balls and 73 not out in 45 balls in the T20 series against Sri Lanka before IPL 2022. Iyer played all these innings at number-3.

Iyer himself also feels that number three is the best place for him to bat. But, there is every possibility that Virat Kohli will bat at the same number in the T20 World Cup despite his current form. Iyer has also batted well at number four in the past, so it’s not that he can’t bat down the order. It’s just that he takes time to settle down and he has to improve on it.

Whose ticket will be cut in the middle order?
Deepak Hooda could be the next option in the middle order. Deepak scored 451 runs in IPL 2022 at a strike rate of 136. More importantly, he batted with equal ease everywhere from 3 to No. Another thing that goes in his favor is that he can bowl when needed. Next is Suryakumar Yadav, who is currently out of the team due to an arm injury, but is a 360-degree batsman who can play big shots from the very first ball. Rahul Tripathi and Sanju Samson are also knocking on the door of Team India. In such a situation, Iyer and Hooda have a golden opportunity to cement their place in the team in the South Africa series.

Who will be Chahal’s partner?
With 27 wickets in IPL 2022, Yuzvendra Chahal has maintained his status as India’s No. 1 T20 bowler. But, the search for another spinner is not over yet. Till a year ago, Ravindra Jadeja would have fit in this role. But the weak performance in the IPL and then the injury has opened the doors for the rest of the bowlers. Team India has the option of Jadeja in the form of Axar Patel. Axar can bowl 4 overs in every match. At the same time, runs can also be scored faster in the lower order. He is also a good fielder as well. But, like Jadeja, Axar is not a wicket-taker in T20 cricket and neither does his ball spin as much as Chahal.

Kuldeep’s claim too strong
If a team has more left-handed batsmen, then the letters can prove to be the weak link of the team. Kuldeep Yadav is seen in such a situation. He is a wicket-taking wrist spinner and with the change in his action, Kuldeep has become more dangerous than before. He also takes the ball away from the left-handed batsman. Ravi Bishnoi can also be a contender. He is a leg spinner like Chahal. But, he throws googlies and leg brakes at high speed. He made his mark in the series against West Indies in February this year.

Will the quest for a backup opener come to an end?
The search for the backup opener of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul is still going on. In the T20 World Cup last year, the selectors picked Ishan Kishan for the role, saying that he can bat in the middle order as well. However, his current form is going to add to the trouble. He definitely scored 418 runs for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2022. But, his strike rate was 120 and if Karthik makes it to the World Cup squad, then India will not need a third wicketkeeper, as KL Rahul can also play this role in T20.

As an opener, Kishan is facing stiff competition from Rituraj Gaikwad. Where Kishan is seen as an aggressive batsman. At the same time, Gaikwad is counted as a batsman who can handle the innings. Gaikwad’s IPL was not good, but he played some good innings. In the South Africa series, both the batsmen will have another chance to prove their mettle.

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Which of the fast bowlers will win the race?
Jasprit Bumrah is not playing in the series against South Africa. In such a situation, there will be a chance for the rest of the bowlers to prove themselves. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the best fast bowlers in the world when he is in rhythm. The 15th season of IPL was fine for him. But, being a senior bowler, Team India would like him to consistently perform better.

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In the absence of Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar, he can handle the new ball. It should also not be forgotten that he bowls well even in the death overs. If we talk about new fast bowlers, then Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh impressed everyone with their bowling in IPL 2022. Umran got rid of the sixes of big batsmen at his own pace. He took 22 wickets in 14 matches. On the other hand, Arshdeep kept the batsmen silent in the death over. He took only 10 wickets in 14 matches. But his economy rate of 7.58 in the death overs was second only to Bumrah’s 7.38 (minimum 10 overs). Now both have a chance to replicate the success of IPL at the international level.

Tags: Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Hooda, India vs South Africa, Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas iyer, T20 World Cup 2022, Umran Malik

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