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IND vs SA: Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan frontrunners to lead Team India in absence of regulars


Who will lead Team India against South Africa and Ireland? Photo: BCCI

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan are leading the race to lead Team India against South Africa and Ireland
  • Dhawan led the Men in Blue on the Sri Lanka tour in 2021
  • Pandya has impressed one and all with his captaincy skills in IPL
Team India will be without the services of its regular players for the five-match T20I series against South Africa and Ireland. As per a report, the senior players will directly travel to England for the one-off Test match and the white-ball series against the hosts. Before the England tour, Team India is scheduled to host SA in 5 T20Is in June. The Men in Blue will travel to Ireland for 2 T20Is later in the month.
The PTI has reported that Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan are leading the race to lead Team India in these fixtures as the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah will be rested. Pandya has impressed one and all with his captaincy skills in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

Pandya-led Gujarat Titans (GT) has registered 9 wins from 12 matches and was the first team to qualify for the playoffs. The IPL debutants have a strong chance of finishing in the top 2. Pandya, who is now playing as a specialist batsman, is likely to be part of the leadership group.

As for Dhawan, the senior batsman captained a second-string Team India in the white-ball series against Sri Lanka last year. The members of the Test team were in England and Dhawan was given the opportunity to make his captaincy debut. While he isn’t the captain of Punjab Kings, Dhawan is part of the leadership group and led them against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Mayank Agarwal missed that fixture due to an injury.

Pandya has never been part of the leadership group at the highest level. Though he led India A in a practice game against Australia in 2017. It remains to be seen if the selection committee backs Dhawan or picks Pandya ahead of him.

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Shreyas Iyer was once India A’s regular captain in white-ball and red-ball formats and he might also be in the race to captain the side. He is leading Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2022.

Team India is scheduled to host South Africa in 5 T20Is from June 9 to 19. Ireland are scheduled to host India in two T20Is on June 26 and 28.


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