After 2 months of IPL extravaganza, Indian players will return for international cricket on their home soil. With lot of senior players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah being rested, it gives an opportunity to young Indian talents to feature in the Playing XI. Players like Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh have got a chance to be in India’s squad after their stunning performance in IPL 2022.
Rishabh Pant, who has lead Delhi Capitals in the last two IPL seasons (2021 & 2022), will be getting an opportunity to lead the Indian side for the first time. Earlier this year, India and South Africa had an opportunity to play each other in 2 Test matches and 3 ODIs on African soil. India ended up losing all 5 matches to South Africa. It will be interesting to see whether India can continue their winning run in T20Is against a confident SA side.
Records and Stats from Ind vs SA 1st T20I match:
0 – South Africa has never lost a T20I series against India on Indian soil. SA Played two T20I series and they won 2-0 vs India in 2015 and levelled the series 1-1 in 2019.
1 – Kagiso Rabada needs 1 more wicket to complete 50 wickets in T20Is.
1 – If India win today, then they will create record for winning most consecutive T20I matches (13) overall.
8 – Rishabh Pant will become 8th player to captain India in T20Is. If he plays as designated wicket-keeper in today’s match then he will become 4th wicket-keeper to lead India in international cricket after Syed Kirmani, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni.
8 – Rassie van der Dussen needs 67 more runs to become 8th South African Player to smash 1000 runs in T20Is.
100 – Hardik Pandya needs 2 more sixes to complete 100 Sixes in international cricket.
2021 – South Africa will be playing their 1st T20I match after T20 WC 2021.