The Indian team is set to take on one of their toughest challenges as they will face a strong South African lineup in a five-match T20I series with the series opener set to be played in Delhi on June 9.
After a long time, India will not have bio bubble restrictions for the upcoming series after the pandemic situation in the country has improved massively. The IPL 2022 was a huge success story for BCCI in India as the tournament returned home completely after two years. With the crowds back at full capacity for the upcoming series, the entertainment factor is certainly guaranteed.
Reportedly, 94% of the tickets have been sold for the series opener at Delhi. This will be the first international game at the venue since 2019 with a capacity of 35,000.
Ahead of the opening encounter, BCCI shared a video of the team practicing at the Arun Jaitley stadium. In the video, the Indian team is seen reuniting with their head coach Rahul Dravid. Comeback star Dinesh Karthik also makes a cameo and emerging players from the recent IPL 2022 Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh are also seen who have received their maiden call up.
Watch the Indian team practice at the Kotla
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 7, 2022
This is the first time that India and South Africa will lock horns at the Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi. The Indian team has not won a T20I series against South Africa in their home conditions. They lost by a margin of 2-0 in 2015, and the three-match series in 2019 was tied at 1-1 with one game being washed out due to rain.
Meanwhile, the selectors have named KL Rahul as the captain of the Indian side for the upcoming five-match series, while Rishabh Pant will be his deputy. The likes of Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rohit Sharma have all been rested while impressive youngsters like Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik have earned their maiden call ups.
• The Indian team is set to face South Africa in a five-match series.
• The first game is set to be played at the Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi.