Rishabh Pant to lead whereas Hardik Pandya to be his deputy as we look at the official squad players list for Team India for the 2022 T20 series vs South Africa.
Please note, the article has been updated after KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav were officially ruled out of the T20 series following an injury.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday, May 22 announced the official squad for Team India for the T20 series vs South Africa and the fifth Test match vs England. Almost two parallel squads have been picked to play the two formats except for a couple of overlaps.
As expected, a lot of senior players have been rested on account of workload management and the upcoming Test match vs England. The ones that would miss the T20I series on account of the Test match include Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Shardul Thakur. Whereas Suryakumar Yadav and KL Ragul are ruled out on account of injury.
With a lot of senior players being rested, BCCI has given the opportunity to many young and potential youngsters. Umran Malik, the fastest bowler in India currently has been selected for the first time. Whereas the ones that were a part of the previous series vs West Indies, and selected again include Arshdeep Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Deepak Hooda, and Venkatesh Iyer.
Comeback Man Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik, the best Indian finisher of IPL 2022 was able to impress the selectors, and thus makes a comeback in the squad. Karthik, who is currently 36, is the oldest player in the squad. If one remembers, Dinesh Karthik had debuted before MS Dhoni, but is still available to play even after Dhoni’s retirement.
Rishabh Pant will captain the T20 series squad in the absence of Rohit Sharma. Whereas Hardik Pandya shall be his deputy. If we recall the previous encounter when KL Rahul captained the ODI team during the tour of South Africa, India brutally lost the series 0-3.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul will be leading the LSG side against RCB in Eliminator 1 of IPL. According to the leading website, Betway, LSG has a winning odds of 1.90 for this match. Nevertheless, here’s the complete official squad players list for Team India for the 2022 T20 series vs SA.
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
Here’s the schedule for India vs South Africa 2022 T20 Series:
- 1st T20I // June 9 // Delhi
- 2nd T20I // June 12 // Cuttack
- 3rd T20I // June 14 // Visakhapatnam
- 4th T20I // June 17 // Rajkot
- 5th T20I // June 19 // Bengaluru
Meanwhile, for the single Test match vs England which will be played from 1-5 July, Cheteshwar Pujara makes a comeback on account of the outstanding County season earlier this year in England.
Unfortunately, Mayank Agarwal had to be left out to accommodate Cheteshwar Pujara. So, here’s the squad for Team India for the fifth Test match vs England which will be played from July 1-5 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
India vs England 2022 – 5th Test Official Squad for Team India:
Batters: Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihrai, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill & Virat Kohli
Wks: KS Bharat & Rishabh Pant
All-rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja & Shardul Thakur
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna & Umesh Yadav
Coach: Rahul Dravid // Captain: Rohit Sharma // Vice-captain: KL Rahul
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