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India vs SA 2022: 3rd T20 Strongest Predicted Playing 11 for Team India

2 changes expected as we look at the strongest predicted fantasy playing 11 for Team India for the 3rd T20 vs South Africa (SA)

Team India under Rishabh Pant are going through a torrid time. Two T20Is are already being played, but South Africa with their A+ Level cricket have taken a lead of 2-0 in the 5-match T20 series. With 3 more matches to go, India will now face a must-win match in the 3rd T20I. A loss from here means India’s only objective would be to try new player combinations. 

But what wrong did Team India do in the 2 matches so far? It’s understandable that India aren’t playing a full-fledged squad. In fact, India are without 7 Players, who otherwise would have otherwise made it to the strongest playing 11 without a second thought. But even then you would expect the major IPL stars to perform. 

India’s bowling on paper is still quite potent, but they are the ones that disappointed the most. Purple Cap holder, Yuzvendra Chahal has been the worst of all with all-rounders Hardik and Axar being equally bad. Not to forget, the Captaincy hasn’t been encouraging with on-field decisions sometimes seem slightly out of sorts. 

With Team India facing a must-win encounter, India are bound to make a couple of changes to the squad at the least. So, let’s find out in this article as we look at the strongest predicted playing 11 for Team India for the 3rd T20 vs South Africa (SA). Meanwhile, According to the leading website, Betway, India have better winning odds as compared to South Africa with value set at 1.57 for this match. 

India vs South Africa 2022 – Official T20 Series Squad for Team India: 

Batters: Ruturaj Gaikwad & Shreyas Iyer

Wks: Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan & Rishabh Pant 

All-rounders: Axar Patel, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya & Venkatesh Iyer

Bowlers: Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Umran Malik & Yuzvendra Chahal

Coach: Rahul Dravid // Captain: Rishabh Pant // Vice-captain: Hardik Pandya

Match Details:

Tournament: South Africa Tour of India 2022 

Type: T20I Series – 3rd T20I

Where: Visakhapatnam 

When: June 14, 7 pm IST

Playing 11 for Team India:

Openers: Ruturaj Gaikwad & Ishan Kishan

The absence of KL Rahul had given a golden opportunity to Ruturaj Gaikwad to make a mark at the International stage. But to our disappointment, Ruturaj has failed to make an impression with failures in both the matches so far. But fortunately, India don’t have a third opener, and that could mean Ruturaj will get more opportunities to make a comeback. Hopefully, he makes use it this opportunity to do well in the 3rd T20I. 

Meanwhile, Ishan Kishan has been the best Indian Batter so far with more than 100 runs in the two T20Is so far. After having started slowly in the 1st T20I, Ishan Kishan was back to his original beast with aggressive scoring in the latter half of 1st T20I and the entire innings of 2nd T20I. He Shall continue to lead the batting for Team India in the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. 

Middle-order: Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant & Deepak Hooda

Shreyas Iyer has played good knocks so far in the two T20Is. He has made sure India don’t miss Virat Kohli, who is Team India’s prime contender for the number 3 position. While Iyer has been good, Pant did well in the 1st T20I, but fell to a poor shot in the 2nd T20I. India would need more maturity from their captain given that they would be facing a do-or-die encounter. 

One change which India would do is to strengthen their batting by bringing in Deepak Hooda in place of Axar Patel. With India also struggling in the batting department, Deepak at 5 could be a good option given the form he is in. In addition, Deepak’s part-time off-spin could be useful given that Axar has looked horrendous so far in the two T20Is.

Finishers: Hardik Pandya & Dinesh Karthik

Coming to the finishers, Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik shall be the first-choice players for Team India. While Hardik did well in the 1st T20I, Dinesh Karthik gave glimpses of his finishing skills in the 2nd T20I. DK at 7 could be a good option as he has played a similar role for RCB in IPL 2022. Whereas Hardik can play as a floater with Deepak coming after him. 

Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan & Ravi Bishnoi

Coming to the bowling department, pacers have done well in the two T20Is so far. Hence, expect Team India to stick to the same pace bowling combination of Harshal, Bhuvi, and Avesh. But it is Yuzvendra Chahal who has disappointed the most. The Purple Cap holder of IPL 2022 has looked horrendous with spells reading 1/49 and 0/26 in 2 overs.

Chahal’s lack of wicket-taking ability and dominance of South African batters means India could be prompted to play Ravi Bishnoi in the playing 11. Nothing against Chahal as he is a quality bowler, but a change can bring some fortunes to the team. 

India vs SA 2022: 3rd T20 Predicted Playing 11 for Team India

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (C&WK), Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan & Ravi Bishnoi 

India vs SA 2022: 3rd T20 Predicted Playing 11 for South Africa

Quinton de Kock (WK) / Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (C), Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie Van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje & Kagiso Rabada

Best Fantasy XI Prediction for India vs South Africa 2022 – 3rd T20I 

Batters: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Reeza Hendricks / QDK & Rassie van Der Dussen 

Wks: Rishabh Pant & Heinrich Klaasen 

All-rounders: Dwaine Pretorius & Hardik Pandya 

Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Ravi Bishnoi & Anrich Nortje 

Alternate CVC Choice: Rishabh Pant & Dwaine Pretorius 

Please note that some of the things are also dependent on the toss, so do check our Telegram channel for live updates on actual playing 11 and fantasy tips. Channel link in the Author bio section. 

So, that completes the strongest predicted playing 11 for Team India. Overall, India would definitely make one change with Axar making for Deepak Hooda. Yuzi may still get another chance given the class bowler he is. If not, expect Bishnoi to replace him. 

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