South African batsman JP Duminy is all set to captain South Africa for their upcoming T20 series against India, after South Africa cricket board decided to rest Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, and Kagiso Rabada, with a few other ruled out due to injuries.
Injured batsmen Faf Du Plessis and Quinton De Kock are also ruled out of the T20 series against India. Meanwhile, the returning hero AB de Villiers will also take part in the T20 series but will not lead the side.
Key players to miss the South Africa v India T20 series
The South Africa cricket selectors have decided to not include some of the key players in the T20 series against India, as only five days after the conclusion of the Twenty20 series, South Africa are scheduled to play a Test series against Australia.
As reported by Cricbuzz, Linda Zondi, the National convener for South Africa cricket team selectors, said,
“With the Test series against Australia starting only five days after the completion of the T20 series, it is necessary for us to rest some of the players who have featured in virtually all our international matches so far this summer.”
“These include Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram among the batsmen as well as most of our frontline fast bowlers. AB de Villiers has missed quite a lot of cricket this summer, so he will play in the T20 series.”
South African squad sees the return of Junior Dala, JJ Smuts, Aaron Phangiso and Reeza Hendricks after their impressive stint in the domestic ODI and T20 series. Having won the test series, the Proteas have been struggling in the ODI series having won just one ODI out of the first five ODIs of the six-match ODI series.
South Africa did make a comeback by winning the 4th match but they are looking likely to lose their first ODI series against India on their home soil.
South Africa Squad for the T20I series
JP Duminy (C), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, AB de Villiers, Reeza Hendricks, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.