The All-India Senior Selection Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named Team India’s squad for the upcoming three-match one-day series against South Africa. Veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan will lead the team as main skipper Rohit Sharma will be on captaincy duties of T20I squad. The players picked for the T20 World Cup 2022 will be reaching Australia on October 6 for their preparations.
Mohammed Siraj has replaced injured Jasprit Bumrah to play the remaining two T20Is against South Africa. His name was selected by the All-India Senior Selection Committee to join the Rohit Sharma-led Team India squad.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma admitted that the wicket in Thiruvananthapuram for the opening T20I of the three-match series against South Africa was a rather tricky one. He, however, added that players also get to learn a lot by playing on such challenging wickets.
England Cricket Board's managing director Rob Key has lavished praise on Test captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum for turning around the team’s fortunes significantly in the post-Joe Root era. England endured a horror run in Test cricket under Root. However, things have taken a complete turn under the new captain-coach regime.
South Africa hammered England by an innings and 12 runs in the first Test of the three-match series at Lord’s on Friday, August 19. In a Test match that ended in three days, the Proteas were completely dominant over the Englishmen, bowling them out for 165 and 149.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the schedule for the white-ball series against Australia and South Africa, which will be played in India in September-October. India will take on Australia in 3 T20Is and South Africa in six white ball games before the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Team India’s stand-in captain Rishabh Pant has admitted that he is keen to make a significant contribution with the bat during the upcoming tour of England. The 24-year-old had a poor T20I series against South Africa at home, which ended on Sunday following the abandonment of the final T20I in Bengaluru due to rain.
Indian fast bowler Avesh Khan has hailed head coach Rahul Dravid after his fine four-wicket haul in the Rajkot T20I against South Africa. There were a few critics who felt that Avesh should have been replaced after he went wicketless in the first three matches of the series. However, the Indian think tank stuck to him and the 25-year-old delivered with figures of 4 for 18.
Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has stated that he tried to bowl quick leg breaks, but with a different seam position during the third T20I against South Africa on Tuesday. Having lost the first two matches, India were in a must-win position in Vizag. Defending a total of 179, Chahal claimed 3 for 20 as the hosts bowled out the visitors for 131 and registered a crucial 48-run victory.