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What can we expect from India vs South Africa in the upcoming T20I series?

Following an emphatic win against Australia in a three-match T20I series, the Men in Blue will play once in the India vs South Africa T20I series. Having tied the series against South Africa last time out, India will look to settle the score against the Proteas in their final meet before heading into the T20 World Cup.

While our players battle in the India vs South Africa series, here’s what we can expect from the Men in Blue from this series.

 

Rohit Sharma to amp up his game

Captain Rohit Sharma’s performance in the Australia series was subpar at best. The Hitman had delivered only one man-of-the-match performance, that too in unusual circumstances. In this upcoming South Africa series, we can expect India’s opener to up his game significantly and get the much-needed game time before heading into the T20 World Cup.

Afterall, Rohit Sharma is the greatest T20I player of all time. There are very high expectations from the Indian skipper.

 

Kohli and SKY must replicate their impressive form

At the moment, the two most important and consistent batters in India’s top order are Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav. While Suryakumar finished as India’s highest run scorer (115) in the Australia series, Kohli redeemed himself in the final match with a brilliant 63, after dismal performances in the first two fixtures.

It will be crucial for both batters to replicate their current form against South Africa as it will further determine their odds against some of the world’s best in the T20 World Cup.

 

Shahbaz Ahmad might make his debut

Mohammad Shami was ruled out in the eleventh hour due to COVID-19 illness, making way for Shahbaz Ahmad. The 27-year-old has not played for India before. With the last-minute inclusion in the squad, this might come as a blessing in disguise for Ahmad who will make his international debut in the India vs South Africa series.

 

Iyer’s one last chance

With Hardik Pandya rested for the India vs South Africa series, Shreyas Iyer was given the greenlight. Iyer is one of the three players who were added to the squad in the final hours before the coin toss. The 27-year-old batter has not played since August and has been added to the reserve squad for the T20 World Cup as a standby.

This will probably be his one last chance to make a positive impact on the selectors before heading into the T20 World Cup.

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