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India vs South Africa, 1st T20I: KL Rahul, who became the captain of Team India for the South Africa series, is out due to injury. His injury has shocked the team and now the playing XI’s equations have also changed.
The T20 series between India and South Africa is starting from Thursday. The first match of the five-match series is going to be held at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, but even before this match, Team India has announced its captain. KL Rahul (KL Rahul) is lost. KL Rahul has been ruled out of the series due to injury and now Rishabh Pant has been given the command in his place. Pant will have the distinction of captaining Team India for the first time. By the way, after the injury of KL Rahul, the equations of Team India’s playing XI have changed. Because Rahul is not only the captain but also a good opener and now the team will have to field a new opening partnership. By the way, Rituraj Gaikwad is going to benefit from KL Rahul’s injury.
Rituraj Gaikwad will get full chance!
KL Rahul’s injury is going to give full chance to Rituraj Gaikwad. The right-handed batsman has played 3 T20 matches so far and Rituraj’s T20 average is just 13 runs per match. Let us tell you that Gaikwad has not got full opportunities till now and something similar was seen happening in this series as well. Because it was being said that KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan will be seen opening in this series. But after the injury of KL Rahul, now Rituraj Gaikwad is sure to get a chance in every match.
Rituraj Gaikwad’s T20 performance
Rituraj Gaikwad’s T20 record is excellent. He has scored 2442 runs in 77 matches at an average of 34.88. One century and 19 half-centuries have also come out of his bat. Although the IPL season of this player was not so special. Gaikwad scored only 368 runs in 14 matches this season at an average of 26.29. His strike rate was also 126. Not only this, 3 half-centuries also came out of his bat. According to Gaikwad’s talent, this performance is nothing special.
What will be the playing 11 of Team India in the first T20?
In the Delhi T20, the Indian team can go with this playing XI: Ishan Kishan, Rituraj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Avesh Khan.