A five-match T20 series will be played between India and South Africa from June 9. Regular captain Rohit Sharma, former captain Virat Kohli and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah have been rested for this series. While many young players have been selected in this series. Former India coach Ravi Shastri has selected the best playing XI for the first T20 match against South Africa to be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. The former coach picked Rituraj Gaikwad and KL Rahul as his two openers.
Ravi Shastri was associated with the Indian team as a coach till the T20 World Cup in 2021. They have picked Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant as the middle-order batsmen. He has also included all-rounder Hardik Pandya in his team, who returned to the Indian team after his stellar performance for Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022.
Shastri said, “I think they will go with the people they want to see first – Rahul, Rituraj Gaikwad will probably open the innings. They will probably give Ishaan (Kishan) a break in this game or bat him for three.” ”
“If you get him (Ishaan) to bat at number three, then Shreyas (Iyer) will be at number four, (Rishabh) Pant at number five and Hardik (Pandya) at number six,” he said.
Shastri said, “No. 7 will be Axar Patel. I think eight will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar batting wise, then Chahal, Arshdeep Singh/Umran Malik and Harshal Patel. Umran or Arshdeep’s selection depends on the field and the pitch. ”
He said “I think if Bhuvi plays, Umran is better, because Bhuvi can work for you in death. But then, you are looking for someone on death, they want to develop that bowler. So Harshal can play.
Ravi Shastri’s playing XI
KL Rahul, Rituraj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh/Umran Malik, Harshal Patel.