India played their first match of the home series against South Africa on 9th June. India got the bad deal when they lost the toss and had to bat first. Though the team managed to score 211 runs in twenty-over. Ishan Kishan scored seventy-six runs, and Shreyas Iyer made thirty-six runs. Axar Patel, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, and Harshal Patel got one wicket each. India lost to South Africa by seven wickets.
Also Read: IND vs SA: “Would Not Ask For A Spot” When Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul in Team, Says Ishan Kishan
Rishabh Pant was named the captain after KL Rahul suffered a groin injury and had to depart from the captaincy and the team at the end moment. Rohit Sharma, who is the captain of Indian senior team, is also absent with Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. BCCI selected a squad on new players and young blood for the T20Is against South Africa.
Also Read: “Need to be Realistic…” Indian Head Coach Rahul Dravid Big Statement on Umran Malik
Indian former bowler Ashish Nehra was disappointed by India’s bowling and raised plenty of questions about the line-up. Nehra recently coached the new team of Gujarat Titans and Hardik Pandya in IPL 2022. He wanted Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl more overs than he did. Nehra told Cricbuzz, “Rishabh Pant is a young captain, he will learn and hopefully he will get better. Now, if Dravid feels that Chahal should bowl an over, obviously a message can be sent. They have to keep things simple and be proactive.”
Also Read: India vs South Africa T20I Series: Rishabh Pant Named as Stand-in Captain After KL Rahul Ruled Out of Series, IND vs SA T20Is
He added, “It is very surprising to me that a bowler like him only bowled 2 overs today. He should have bowled to van der Dussen pair, especially at the stage when South Africa were back in the chase. Rishabh Pant surely made a mistake over there. He also was frantic in the powerplay, using five bowlers for six overs.”
Also Read: IND vs SA: 1st T20I Match Highlights, South Africa Wins the First Match Against India, South Africa Tour of India