India, SA in quest of the ‘excellent’ group

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With simply round 13 months to go for the World T20 in Australia, many sturdy contenders have begun their quest for getting their squads proper.

India is already in preparatory mode after testing out a number of new names within the West Indies. An virtually unchanged squad takes on South Africa within the three-match sequence starting right here on Sunday.

Rookie assault

At house, India has by no means experimented with inexperience just like the one seen within the current bunch of specialist bowlers. Leggie Rahul Chahar, cousin Deepak and Navdeep Saini have performed a complete of six matches.

Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who’s but to agency up his place among the many T20 regulars, has figured in 11.

The venues of the primary two matches — right here and Mohali — ought to assist the sooner bowlers get into the groove earlier than travelling to Bangalore.

Although heavy rain late on Thursday night time ought to go away some moisture below the covers, a 7 p.m.-start significantly brings down the benefit supplied by the situations at this hilly vacation spot.

Furthermore, the surfaces for use on this sequence should not prone to provide the Indian bowlers the form of help that those within the West Indies did.

Given an extended run and backed by performances, a minimum of a few these bowlers may very well be in reckoning when the selectors meet to decide on the squad for T20 World Cup.

Beneficiaries

Like Rahul Chahar, allrounder spin-options Washington Sundar and Krunal Pandya are additionally the beneficiaries of the selectors’ rotation coverage.

What provides the selectors, captain and coach the arrogance to check out such a mix is the truth that South Africa, too, is in a rebuilding mode.

Other than speedster Kagiso Rabada and left-arm chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi, the opposite specialist bowlers within the squad are these attempting to ascertain themselves within the sport’s shortest format.

Left-arm fast-medium Beuran Hendricks (10 matches) and medium-pacer Junior Dala (9) are accompanied by left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin and quick bowler Anrich Nortje, who need to make their T20I debut.

Nortje, considered one among the many greatest from South Africa, missed this yr’s World Cup owing to a thumb harm.

However what brings stability to the South African bowling, regardless of this apparently inexperienced set of specialists, is the presence of bowling allrounders Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo, each a part of South Africa’s forgettable World Cup marketing campaign in England.

The duo, together with Rabada and Shamsi, provides wicketkeeper-captain Quinton de Kock fairly a number of choices.

In the meantime, the South African squad had a three-hour follow session on the HPCA floor. The Indian aspect arrived within the metropolis within the night.