With the departure of the two-month-long IPL and Test team on June 15, players playing all formats, including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah, may be rested for the home series. A similar team is expected to be picked for the two T20Is to be held in Ireland at the end of June. If this happens then the responsibility of captaincy can fall on the shoulders of either Dhawan or Hardik. Dhawan led the side in Sri Lanka last year while Pandya impressed as captain in his debut season for Gujarat Titans.
Arshdeep also joins the race
The IPL continues to attract future star players and this season has also been no different. Umran impressed with his pace for Sunrisers Hyderabad while Mohsin Khan impressed with his pace and accurate bowling. Mohsin could get a big break on Sunday as his Lucknow Super Giants captain Lokesh Rahul said that the left-arm pacer will always be in demand in top-class cricket. Another left-arm fast bowler in the race is Arshdeep Singh who again did well for Punjab Kings. His economy rate in the death overs was one of the best and he also showed the ability to bowl yorkers at will which is very good for the T20 format.
The sword hanging on Venkatesh
In the batting department, Tilak Verma has done quite well in his very first IPL season and could also be considered for the South Africa series as his Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma (who is also the captain of the Indian team) picked up this left. The hand batsman has been praised a lot. Deepak Hooda and Venkatesh Iyer were tried in the middle order in the West Indies and Sri Lanka series and it remains to be seen whether either of them retains his place in the team or whether the selectors will go for the IPL form.
‘Kulcha’ pair will return
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav’s form have also been the center of attraction this IPL and could possibly be the way back for ‘Kulcha’ (Chahal). After a long time, both can be seen playing together for Team India. It will be early days for the T20 World Cup but the team management should get an idea to decide on their core group players for the ICC tournament to be held in Australia in October-November from the South Africa series.
Two Specialists for the Finisher
Dinesh Karthik has staked a strong claim for the role of ‘finisher’ for Royal Challengers Bangalore and he too is expected to make a comeback in the Indian team. Karthik played the last match for Team India in July 2019. Rahul Tevatia can also be given a chance at this place, who has led Gujarat to victory in difficult conditions this season. Tewatia also does spin bowling, so he gives option to the captain in bowling as well.