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India Squad SA Series: IND vs SL Live Updates – India captain Rohit Sharma has made a U-turn on the decision to take a break. Rohit along with Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rishabh Pant will be rested for the T20 series against South Africa. Shikhar Dhawan is likely to lead India while Hardik Pandya is also in the fray. Follow IND vs SA Live Updates & IPL 2022 Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

“All the senior India players will get at least three and half weeks of complete rest. Rohit, Virat, KL, Rishabh and Jasprit will all directly go to England for the ‘fifth Test’ following the white-ball series. We need all our key players to remain fresh for the England series,” a senior BCCI source privy to the development told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

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India Squad SA Series: Shikhar Dhawan likely to lead India in South Africa series as Rohit Sharma makes U-turn on BREAK ahead of England tour

India Squad SA Series: Shikhar Dhawan likely to lead India in South Africa series as Rohit Sharma makes U-turn on BREAK ahead of England tour

India Squad SA Series: Shikhar Dhawan likely to lead India in South Africa series as Rohit Sharma makes U-turn on BREAK ahead of England tour

The priority for the BCCI and the selectors is the England tour in July, especially the unfinished ‘Fifth Test’. With back to back cricket, the BCCI has taken the call to rest the multi-format players for the five-match T20 series against South Africa, beginning June 9.

Also read: India Squad SA Series: Even after good IPL showing, Selector says ‘Hardik Pandya will have to pass fitness test for Selection for SA T20 series’

While InsideSport earlier reported that senior players will be rested, Rohit Sharma wanted to play to create the World Record.

IND vs SA: Who will be rested?

  • Virat Kohli
  • Rohit Sharma
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Mohammed Shami
  • Rishabh Pant
  • KL Rahul
  • Ravindra Jadeja (Injured)
  • Suryakumar Yadav (Injured)

India Squad SA Series: Shikhar Dhawan likely to lead India in South Africa series as Rohit Sharma makes U-turn on BREAK ahead of England tour

India Squad SA Series: Shikhar Dhawan likely to lead India in South Africa series as Rohit Sharma makes U-turn on BREAK ahead of England tour

India Squad SA Series: Shikhar Dhawan likely to lead India in South Africa series as Rohit Sharma makes U-turn on BREAK ahead of England tour

Shikhar Dhawan likely to lead: It is understood that veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan is all set to lead. But Hardik Pandya, who has impressed one and all with his captaincy for Gujarat Titans in IPL 15, is also in the reckoning for the leadership role for both South Africa and the short two-match T20I series against Ireland.

“The selectors have a couple of choices. Shikhar Dhawan, as he has already captained India in absence of Virat, Rohit and Rahul during last year’s Sri Lanka series. But Hardik Pandya’s impressive captaincy for Gujarat Titans hasn’t gone unnoticed. So it will be a close call,” he added.

The T20 rubber against the Proteas will start in the national capital on June 9 with the remaining matches being held at Cuttack, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot and Bengaluru respectively.

The squad for the SA series is likely to be selected on May 23 — the last day of the league phase of this edition of IPL — in Mumbai.

Also read: Indian Team for SA: From Dinesh Karthik to Hardik Pandya – 4 players who are likely to make India COMEBACK against South Africa

India Squad SA Series: Shikhar Dhawan likely to lead India in South Africa series as Rohit Sharma makes U-turn on BREAK ahead of England tour

India Squad SA Series: Shikhar Dhawan likely to lead India in South Africa series as Rohit Sharma makes U-turn on BREAK ahead of England tour

Mohsin Khan vs Umran Malik for 1 spot: Mohsin Khan could pip Umran Malik in SA squad While Umran Malik has generated considerable excitement with his 150 kmph plus pace, there is a feeling that he is too raw and time with the India A team could help him develop better.

While he remains in the mix with death overs specialist Arshdeep Singh, the man who is emerging as a ‘Dark Horse’ is Lucknow Super Giants’ left-armer Mohsin Khan.

“Our pace bowling department is set and selectors might not experiment too much. But yes, Mohsin has impressed almost everyone with his pace, bounce and swing in this edition. He does have a chance. Having said that, not ruling out Umran or Arshdeep either, but Mohsin might just be slightly ahead,” he added.

India Squad SA Series: Shikhar Dhawan likely to lead India in South Africa series as Rohit Sharma makes U-turn on BREAK ahead of England tour

It is understood that most of the players who recently played in the T20 series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies are set to be retained irrespective of their current IPL form.

Obviously, Suryakumar Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja’s injury needs to be factored in and Deepak Chahar will also not be available.

The likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, and Deepak Hooda along with Dhawan and Hardik are set to form the core of the batting unit. Sanju Samson could also be retained and there could be at the max one left field selection in the squad.

In the pace bowling unit, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prasidh Krishna, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan are all certainties, along with the IPL’s stellar spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal. Kuldeep Yadav is also expected to make the cut.

India Squad SA Series: Shikhar Dhawan likely to lead India in South Africa series as Rohit Sharma makes U-turn on BREAK ahead of England tour

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