Tilak Varma of the Mumbai Indians (MI), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) express pacer Umran Malik, and Punjab Kings (PBKS) left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh are all expected to be called up for the India T20I series against South Africa.
The five-match T20I series between India and South Africa will kick off on June 9 in Delhi, with the remaining matches taking place in Cuttack, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot, and Bengaluru.
Selectors likely to reward IPL performers Tilak Varma, Umran Malik with a maiden call-up
The Indian players will take the field in a five-match T20I series against South Africa just a week after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 concludes. From June 9 to 19, the five T20Is of the series will be contested at various locations before the Men in Blue head to Ireland for two T20Is.
Because Team India will face England in an all-format series beginning July 1, senior members of the squad will likely be rested for the seven T20Is. According to rumors, the selecting committee will choose two teams. Of sure, a few T20I players will fly to England for the white-ball series.
Tilak Varma, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Avesh Khan, according to the report, could be included in the squad. Tilak, Malik, and Arshdeep have never played for the Men in Blue at the highest level, while the other two have only played in the shortest format.
Captain Rohit Sharma, vice-captain KL Rahul, premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, former captain Virat Kohli, pacer Mohammed Shami, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is likely to be rested for the South Africa series and will only be selected for the England tour.
Tilak, a member of the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians, has batted with the greatest maturity this season, scoring 368 runs in 12 matches to lead the five-time IPL champions.
Umran has been the talk of the town since his IPL debut in 2021, and he was a member of Team India’s net bowling contingent in the T20 World Cup. Given his pace, he appears to be a lock for a spot in the squad.
Arshdeep, who was introduced to the national squad during last year’s Sri Lanka tour, has wowed everyone with his death bowling abilities. Despite taking 7 wickets in 12 outings, he has kept runs under control in the death overs.