The Gujarat Titans have crowned IPL champions for the first time in front of a record 1,04,859 fans at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 29, as cricket matches led to the men's T20 World Cup finals in Australia in October. November this year.
On this route, India will host South Africa in a five-match T20I series starting June 9.
The first match of the series, which will take place at Arun Jaitley Stadium, will give the Indian team a chance to win 13 matches in T20I. India is currently on par with Afghanistan and Romania with 12 consecutive T20I wins.
India chose to rest its key players Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jaspreet Pomrah, with Kuala Lumpur led by Rahul of the 18-man squad with Rishabh Pant as his deputy. Here are five Indian players to watch in the series against South Africa, along with new and experienced players:
Hardik Pandya gave a fitting answer to his critics when he put in a very impressive performance in the IPL 2022 final against the Rajasthan Royals, going 3/17 on the ball and 34 on the bat. The captain of the Gujarat Titans was concerned about his fitness, especially in bowling.
But Pandya managed to lead his team to their first-ever IPL title in front of their home crowd in Ahmedabad. He finished the season with 487 runs in 15 games with an average of 44.27, taking eight wickets including four half-centuries.
There is no denying that the spotlight will be on Pandya and her all-around skills in the five-match series.
KL Rahul's leadership as well as his hitting earned him plenty of praise during the Lucknow Super Giants campaign at the IPL 2022, where he qualified for the playoffs before collapsing against the eliminated.
Bowler Rahul has started an impressive season with the bats, becoming the tournament's second-best scorer with 616 hits with an average of 51.33, although his batting average of 135.38 has been the subject of much debate.
India expects Rahul to get a little more aggressive with the top of the bat.
Dinesh Karthik has not only knocked on the door of selection but also opened it wide with consistent performances as a specialist finalist for the Royal Challengers Bangalore at IPL 2022. Karthik also won the "Super Striker of the Season" award from the IPL with an amazing punch performance. 183, scoring 242 points with a 220 strike average on the death stage, once again proved his ultimate credentials.
With the T20I team retired, Karthik is looking to replicate his IPL 2022 performance in the Indian jersey and secure a place on the men's T20 World Cup journey in Australia at the end of the year.
The speed machine from Jammu to Sunrisers Hyderabad attracted everyone's attention, constantly clocking more than 150 km per hour. Although Luke Ferguson was awarded the fastest ball in the tournament at a speed of 157.3 km/h, Imran impressed the Indian fans with his unbridled speed.
In his first full season in the IPL, Imran tore 22 wickets against the Gujarat Titans' final champion with the best performance of 5/25. The game's legends have endorsed Malik as India's player, and it remains to be seen if he continues to attack South Africa with better control of line and length.
Arshdeep Singh was another young fast player like Malik who sparked a lot of excitement at the IPL 2022. The 23-year-old was a popular throwing player for the Punjab Kings in death with the Yorkers and his ability to hit the target. Continuously seal the holes.
All this meant that Arshdeep finished the season with a 7.58 kill economy ratio, as well as taking 10 wickets with his best bowling number 3/37. Arshdeep, a member of the 2018 FIFA U19 World Cup India squad, will be keen to continue his good form in this series against South Africa.