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India Squad SA Series: Indian team to be selected on eve of IPL 2022 Finals, Virat Kohli set to be RESTED: Follow LIVE Updates

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India Squad SA SeriesVirat Kohli to be Rested: The Indian squad for forthcoming 5 match T20 Series will be selected on the eve of IPL 2022 Finals in Ahmedabad. The selectors are set to REST former Indian captain Virat Kohli for the South Africa as well as Ireland series – Follow India vs South Africa T20 Series LIVE Updates & IPL 2022 LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN

The Indian selectors according to sources will try out some of the IPL Performers in both South Africa & Ireland T20 Series. While some seniors including Virat Kohli will be rested.

Umran Malik, Prithvi Shaw will be on selectors radar & are likely to be included in the LINE-UPS for both the series. Abhishek Sharma is another name which will be closely watched in next few IPL Games and can get a chance to play.

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India Squad SA Series: Indian team to be selected on eve of IPL 2022 Finals, Virat Kohli set to be RESTED: Follow LIVE Updates

Virat Kohli to be Rested – Big Concern Area, Inconsistent form of TOP Players:  One point that is being hotly debated is whether skipper Rohit Sharma, his deputy KL Rahul and team’s premier batter Kohli are a right choice for India as TOP 3 going into the T20 World Cup?

All 3 employ pretty similar styles of first settling down and then going for attack.

Rohit since then has changed his approach and has been seen going hammer and tongs although big runs have eluded the India and MI captain. Rohit certainly would like to better his 155 runs from 9 games at a strike-rate of 123.

Kohli’s woeful form has continued for way too long now and 216 runs in 11 games at a lowly strike-rate of 116 is neither indicative of former skipper’s quality nor his calibre.

Rahul is playing the role of an anchor for LSG and with 451 runs at an average of 145, he has been in a league of his own.

However there is a worrying piece of statistics which skipper Rohit and coach Rahul Dravid will have to address before Team India hits the road with some 15-odd T20Is lined up before the World Cup.

The trio hasn’t exactly set the Powerplay (first six overs) on fire.

Sample this.

  • KL Rahul: In 10 games so far, Rahul has played 55 dots in Powerplay overs and has compiled a total of 141 off 126 balls. His strike-rate is just 111.90. In those games in PP overs, he has hit 15 fours and four sixes.
  • Rohit Sharma: in this period has played 56 dots in powerplays in 9 games, scoring 136 off 104 balls at 130.76 strike-rate.
  • Virat Kohli: In case of Kohli, he has batted in Powerplay in seven games and has played 16 dot balls. He has just scored 61 runs in 55 balls during the period.

The numbers clearly show that all three are taking their time in the first six overs. The stat clearly confirms that Indian Selectors is unlikely to persist with Rohit, Rahul & Kohli as top 3 in the Indian line up.

Selectors will now take South Africa and Ireland Series as opportunity to try out some youngsters.

India Squad SA Series: Indian team to be selected on eve of IPL 2022 Finals, Virat Kohli set to be RESTED: Follow LIVE Updates

So what do the experts think about the trio’s batting order?

Former chairman of selectors MSK Prasad and his colleague Devang Gandhi had slightly divergent views while analyst former India keeper Deep Dasgupta had a completely different take.

“These three are indispensable if fit. There is no way that you can leave anyone of them for the World T20. But yes, if I look at numbers, I might just try someone like Shikhar Dhawan at the opening slot and check Rahul out at No.4. He has a T20 hundred in Manchester some years back in middle-order, so why not,” Prasad told PTI.

“But yes, I want Virat to take a significant break and before the Asia Cup, he should be fresh, up and running,” Prasad said.

For Gandhi, in a big tournament like the T20 World Cup, he isn’t too keen on experimentation and doesn’t want to rock the boat.

“These are your proven performers and when they play for India, it is completely different from the roles they have for their franchises. Also when we talk about changes, we should know who are the replacements? Are they good enough and better than those three in pressure scenario during a Pakistan game? You need to factor in,” Gandhi said.

For Dasgupta, T20 by nature is a game that warrants a different philosophy and guiding principles.

“In Tests or ODIs, we normally find players, check them out and accordingly assign roles to them. In T20, you need to do the reverse. You first decide roles and then fit in players.

“They can still play the trio as number 1, 2 and 3 but there has to be a specific role which they should be told long before the tournament,” Dasgupta said.

Asked in case a change is required, Dasgupta feels that Dhawan or Prithvi Shaw should be kept in the set-up and may be tried out if necessary.

A top BCCI Official confirmed to InsideSport that Kohli’s form is being discussed among selectors.

“He is a great servant of Indian cricket. But his form from sometime now is a huge concern now for the national selectors and BCCI”, confirmed the BCCI Official.

When prodded further, the top board official said that Selectors will deal with the matter.

“See we don’t intervene in the selection matters. Selectors have to take call on Virat and others. We can’t give our judgement to them. Obviously they are concerned what is happening to him”, added the official

India vs South Africa T20 Series Schedule

South Africa tour of India, 2022
Sr. No. Day Date Match Venue
1 Thursday 9th June 1st T20I Delhi
2 Sunday 12th June 2nd T20I Cuttack
3 Tuesday 14th June 3rd T20I Vizag
4 Friday 17th June 4th T20I Rajkot
5 Sunday 19th June 5th T20I Bengaluru



Barabati Stadium last hosted an international match in 2019
India vs South Africa T20 Series Schedule, Barabati Stadium last hosted an international match in 2019

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