It will be the start of a new era in South Africa cricket, as a new-look side starts the India tour. After the grand disappointment of ICC Cricket World Cup, the Proteas start their T20I series against India. The first match will be played in Dharmasala on Sunday.
India are fresh from their successful West Indies tour. The hosts were no match for ‘Team India’ as the Indians went clinical. Will that be the case against South Africa? Interestingly, only three players from the last South Africa tour to India remain.
India started their build-up to the 2020 T20I World Cup in the Caribbean. A 3-0 whitewash gave them a lot of confidence. More than that, there was enough time to test the younger lot. The likes of Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar were tested.
The hosts have decided to rest most of their front-line bowlers. That will give another chance for the next gen bowlers to stake claim. Even with the bat, the likes of Shreyas Iyer will look to grab their chances. Overall, there is a lot of T20 talent within this Indian unit.
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The visitors have a new captain in Quinton de Kock. And, a number of new faces. Most of these new players have done their stint in the Mzansi Super League. In addition, some of these players have been part of a camp in India last month.
How much of this will help them is still a question. As for your fantasy picks, go safe and pick the proven names. De Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Junior Dala remain names high on that list. It is tough to predict their XI, however keep an eye on Rassie van der Dussen.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Krunal Pandya has been a great addition to this Indian side. With the ball, with the bat and in the field, he is sure to get you points.
Quinton de Kock is an interesting choice for your side. His presence behind the wickets gives you fielding points. Batting in the top-order makes him an ideal choice as well.
Kagiso Rabada has shown his intent by claiming that he can lead the side. A chance to repeat his IPL heroics makes him a good pick.
India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Manish Pandey 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Hardik Pandya 7 Krunal Pandya 8 Ravindra Jadeja 9 Khaleel Ahmed 10 Deepak Chahar 11 Navdeep Saini
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (C & WK) 2 Reeza Hendricks 3 Temba Bavuma 4 Rassie van der Dussen 5 David Miller 6 Andile hehlukwayo 7 Dwaine Pretorius 8 Bjorn Fortuin 9 Kagiso Rabada 10 Junior Dala 11 Tabraiz Shamsi
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