Kaif questions India star’s absence from SA T20Is; ‘He’s batting well too’ | Cricket

KL Rahul has been named captain of the team after all-captain Rohit Sharma and superstar Virat Kohli took a break after the Indian Premier League (IPL). But Rishabh Pant was responsible for the five-match T20 series against South Africa since June 9 due to a star opener injury. Hardik Pandya, who led the Gujarat Titans to an IPL win in their debut season last month, has been named vice-captain. . (Also Read | Nehra’s decisive advice to Dravid and teammates: ‘Hardik 4 is better than playing without the constant pressure of bowling over’)

However, the Indian T20 team does not include Ravichandran Ashwin, who is part of the Rajasthan Royals, runner-up of IPL 2022. The veteran tweaker will be seen during the England tour of India in June-July, after which the rescheduled fifth Test visitors complete with a 2-1 lead.

But former India batter Mohammed Kaif believes the off-spinner should be part of the T20 assignment, thanks to his batting pyrotechnics and ability to bowl at powerplay.

“It was disappointing not to pick Ravichandran Ashwin. He was part of last year’s T20 World Cup and his current form is good. India could have given Ashwin a leg spinner. He could bowl. SportsKeeda.

Ashwin, who took 442 wickets in 86 Tests, made his comeback in white football four years later and appeared in the T20 World Cup in the UAE last year. The 35-year-old scored 191 runs during the IPL, which was just finished for Rajasthan, who made him No. 1. 3 promoted to batting position. He took 12 wickets with the ball in 17 matches.

Kaif said the South Africa series is a great opportunity for emerging Indian players who will look to deliver the team’s lead for this year’s T20 World Cup. Team selectors made their debut with fast-sensation Umran Malik and left-arm fast bowler Arshdeep Singh, courtesy of a stellar IPL season with their respective franchises.

“There is one thing to prove when the youth of India face a formidable South Africa team. Many South African players have been part of IPL 2022 and are in good touch as they have played a lot of games.

“We are looking at how our youngsters will work under pressure against a formidable team. These five matches will help selectors assess players before the 2022 T20 World Cup,” Kaif added.

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