India vs South Africa: Hardik Pandya or Shikhar Dhawan may lead T2OI series with top stars including Rohit Sharma likely to rest

Many seniors, including captain Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, are all set to rest for the upcoming T20I five-game series against South Africa ahead of the big England tour in July. Besides, the National Selection Committee is also set to apologize to Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant for clashing with the Proteas. It’s clear that veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan and all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has impressed everyone with his captaincy for Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, count on leading roles for both South Africa and the short two -match T20I series against Ireland.

The T20I series against the Proteas starts on June 9 in New Delhi with the remaining matches being held in Cuttack, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot and Bengaluru respectively.

The SA Series roster is likely to be selected in Mumbai on May 22 – the last day of the competition phase of this edition of IPL.

The PTI has already reported that an out-of-form Virat Kohli will also be given a much-needed break, but it is clear that for both the selectors and the BCCI the tour of England starting in early July is paramount.

“All India’s senior players will be given a full rest period for at least three and a half weeks. Rohit, Virat, KL, Rishabh and Jasprit will all go straight to England for the ‘fifth test’ after the white-ball series. We have all our key players to stay fresh for the England series,” a senior BCCI source familiar with the development told PTI on condition of anonymity.

As part of workload management, all senior players of all sizes will not be part of the next seven T20 Internationals.

Asked about the captaincy, the source said: “The selectors have a number of choices. Shikhar Dhawan, as he has already captained India in the absence of Virat, Rohit and Rahul during last year’s Sri Lanka series. But Hardik Pandya’s impressive captaincy for Gujarat Titans it has gone unnoticed, so it will be a close call,” he added.

Mohsin Khan would be Umran Malik. be able to beat

Although Umran Malik has generated a lot of excitement with his 150km/h plus pace, there is a feeling that he is too raw and time with the India A team could help him develop better.

While staying in the mix with death overs specialist Arshdeep Singh, the man emerging as a ‘Dark Horse’ is Lucknow Super Giants’ left arm Mohsin Khan.

“Our pace bowling department is set and selectors may not experiment too much,” he said.

“Yeah, but Mohsin has impressed almost everyone with his pace, bounce and swing in this edition. He does have a chance. That said, don’t rule out Umran or Arshdeep either, but Mohsin may be just a bit ahead,” added he to it.

It is clear that most of the players who recently played in the T20 series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies will be retained regardless of their current IPL form.

Of course the injury of Suryakumar Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja has to be taken into account and Deepak Chahar will also not be available.

The likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda along with Dhawan and Hardik form the core of the battle unit. Sanju Samson could also be kept and there could be a maximum of one left field selection in the squad.

In the pace bowling unit, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prasidh Krishna, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan are all certainties, along with the IPL’s stellar spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal. Kuldeep Yadav is also expected to break through.

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