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Umran, Mohsin, Karthik could get the nod for SA T20Is

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
May 21, 2022 14:36 IST
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IMAGE: Sunrisers Hyderabad's fast bowler Umran Malik has excelled with the ball in IPL 2022 with 21 wickets in 13 games. Photograph: BCCI

Emerging stars like Umran Malik and Mohsin Khan could be rewarded for their superb performances in IPL 2022, while old-horses Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik are likely to return to the Indian team for the T20I series against South Africa next month.

 

All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has not played for India since the T20 World Cup last year, has shown form and fitness in the IPL and is set to be included in the squad for the five-game series, starting on June 9. He is finally back to bowling regularly, which was critical in his national comeback bid.

After a two-month long IPL and with the Test team due to depart for England on June 15, some of the all-format players including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah could be rested for the home series.

A similar squad is also expected to be picked for the two T20s in Ireland later in June.

If that is the case, the captaincy responsibility could go to either Dhawan, who led in Sri Lanka last year, or Hardik who has impressed as a leader in his debut season for Gujarat Titans.

The IPL continues to unearth future stars and this season has been no different. While Umran impressed with his raw pace for the Sunrisers, left-arm pacer Mohsin, has stood out both for his speed and accuracy.

As his Lucknow Super Giants skipper K L Rahul said left-arm pacers are always in demand at the highest level, Mohsin could get his big break on Sunday.

Another left-arm pacer in the reckoning is Arshdeep Singh, who once again had a good season for Punjab. He had one of the best economy rates in the death overs and displayed the ability of landing yorkers at will, which is always welcome in an unforgiving format like the T20.

IMAGE: Lucknow Super Giants' left-arm pacer Mohsin Khan has caught the attention of the selectors, with 13 wickets in eight games at an impressive economy rate of 5.93. Photograph: BCCI

In the batting department, Tilak Verma showed a lot of promise in his maiden IPL season and might get a look in for the South Africa series, considering his Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma, who is also the India captain, had reserved high praise for the left-hander.

The likes of Deepak Hooda and Venkatesh Iyer were tried in the middle-order over the West Indies and Sri Lanka series and it remains to be seen, if either of them retains his place or selectors give preference to IPL form.

Dinesh Karthik, who has made a strong case for the finisher's role with his exploits for Royal Challengers Bangalore, is also expected to make his umpteenth comeback in the Indian team.

Spin all-rounder Rahul Tewatia, who has finished games for Gujarat from improbable situations this season, can also be given an opportunity in that position.

The form of spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has also attracted a lot of attention, potentially making way for the return of 'Kulcha'.

It is still early days in a T20 World Cup year but the South Africa series should give the team management enough idea to decide its core group of players for the ICC event Down Under in October-November.

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