Suresh Raina practising ahead of 1st T20 match against South Africa. Photograph:( Twitter )
India's tour to South Africa has entered in the final phase where both the teams will meet for a three-match T20 International series which will start from today at the Wanderers, Johannesburg.
Recently, India had created history, winning the six-match ODI series by 5-1 on South African soil, Indian team outplayed South African side in all departments, fielding, batting and bowling.
Virat led team remained very calm and composed throughout the ODI series and perform brilliantly.
Earlier, South Africa started the most awaited tour by winning the Test series by 2-1 but later, in the limited overs format, they lost the momentum.
Though, they have suffered a thrashing ODI defeat but still have the potential to outplay India in the T20 series.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Jaydev Unadkat, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur
South Africa: Reeza Hendricks, JJ Smuts, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy(c), David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen(wk), Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Junior Dala, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Farhaan Behardien, Christiaan Jonker, Tabraiz Shamsi
JP Duminy will lead the Proteas and has made few changes in the squad. The T20 line up looks entirely different from what South Africa had in ODI.
As South Africa has to host Australia for a four-Test match series from February 22, hence, the bigs guns are resting for the T20 series.
For India, the major change is that they have called back Suresh Raina. Raina played his last international T20 match almost a year ago against England at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Feb 01, 2017.
All eyes are on Suresh Raina as he is one of the favourites when it comes toT20 format. In IPL, Raina was retained by Chennai Super Kings for an amount of 11 crores.
Raina is desperate to rejoin Indian cricket team ahead of World Cup 2019, and his performance will act as a decider.