New Delhi, May 30: With Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 coming to an end with Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans lifting the trophy, Team India will return to action with the T20I series against South Africa at home.
The Indian Cricket Team is set to host the Proteas for five-T20Is at home, starting June 9 at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. The teams will then visit to Cuttack to play the second T20I on June 12. Visakhapatnam will host the third T20I on June 14.
From the eastern shores, the bandwagon will shift to the western part of the country. The fourth T20I will be held in Gujarat's Rajkot on June 17 while Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy Stadium will host the fifth and final encounter on June 19.
Team India is ranked No. 1 in the T20I format while South Africans are fourth in the ICC rankings. The bilateral series between the two sides will act as preparation for the T20I World Cup in Australia in October and November. It will also provide the Indian side with an opportunity to test its bench in the absence of big names like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
In the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul - who led Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2022 - was appointed the captain of the Indian side. However, Rahul was ruled out of the series on the eve of the first T20.
Rishabh Pant, who was named Rahul's deputy, will now lead the side with Hardik Pandya, taking up the role of the vice-captain. Along with Rahul, spinner Kuldeep Yadav was also ruled out of the T20 series.
South Africa have also announced the squad and included the uncapped Tristan Stubbs in the squad for the India series. Stubbs - who has impressed with his performance in the domestic circuit - was part of the Mumbai Indians' squad in the just-concluded IPL 2022. Pacer Anrich Nortje also makes his comeback to the national side.
India's T20I squad: Rishabh Pant (captain/wicketkeeper), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.
SA T20I Squad: Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen.
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Full Schedule and Results:
|1.||June 9/ Thursday||Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi||7 PM||N/A|
|2.||June 12/ Sunday||Barabati Stadium, Cuttack||7 PM||N/A|
|3.||June 14/ Tuesday||ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam||7 PM||N/A|
|4.||June 17/ Friday||Rajkot Stadium, Rajkot||7 PM||N/A|
|5.||June 19/ Sunday||M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru||7 PM||N/A|
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