Ahead of India’s first T20I clash against South Africa on Thursday, former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri named his India Playing XI for the series opener, which will take place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Thursday (June 9). to be played in. Notably, Shastri has made a few exclusions, one of which is truly surprising.
Interestingly, Shastri believes that veteran Dinesh Karthik and spinner Venkatesh Iyer may be out, while Umran Malik is in line to make his debut. Cricketer-turned-commentator Rahul picked Rahul and Ruturaj Gaikwad for the opening and Ishan Kishan is at number three.
Notably, Karthik excelled as a finisher for RCB, scoring 330 runs in 16 matches at an average of 55.00. He scored a fifty for his side in the recently concluded IPL 2022.
“I think they will go with the guys they want to see first – Rahul, Ruturaj Gaikwad – maybe they will open up. They will probably give Ishaan (Kishan) a break in this game or bat him at three.” Shastri was quoted as saying in the Star Sports show ‘Game Plan’.
“If you bat him (Ishaan) at three, it will be Shreyas (Iyer) at No. 4, (Rishabh) Pant at No. 5 and Hardik (Pandya) at No. 6.” he said.
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In the bowling department, Shastri picked Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Harshal Patel. However, he feels that there could be a toss between Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.
However, India coach Rahul Dravid on Tuesday said it remains to be seen how much play time can be given to players like Malik and Arshdeep, who received their first national side call-up, with 22 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Took 10 wickets. Punjab Kings respectively in IPL 2022.
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“There is a huge squad of 18 players, it is not possible to give time to everyone in the playing XI. I am the one who wants to give time to the players and let them feel settled in their position.” Dravid said during the press conference.
Ravi Shastri’s XI: KL Rahul, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh/Umran Malik, Harshal Patel.
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