On May 22, the All-India Senior Selection Committee had named the 18-member squad for the five-match T20I home series against South Africa. The series will be played from June 9 to June 19 in Delhi, Cuttack, Vizag, Rajkot, and Bengaluru. The names were decided based on the performance of the players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and domestic cricket.
With T20 World Cup also scheduled later in the year, the selectors chose players, who are in the frame to be named in the squad for the ICC event. However, there will be some players, who might not likely make a cut in the Playing XI of the Indian team in the T20I series.
1. Ruturaj Gaikwad
One of the finest players in the country, Ruturaj Gaikwad has been consistent with his contributions in the IPL and domestic cricket. Although he started on an average note in the 2022 edition of IPL, he ended with 368 runs at an average of 26.29, with a top score of 99.
Although he has been picked up in almost all the T20I series for the last one year, he has been able to feature in only three matches. In this series as well, the team already has a left-right combination of KL Rahul- Ishan Kishan, and there is not much space either in the number three or four position.