India Start As Betting Favorites In T20 Series Against South Africa
There is always a huge build-up in the cricket media whenever India take on South Africa. This is especially true when India are betting favorites In T20 against South Africa at home as over 1.2 billion people are keen to see the best sides in the world do battle. It is safe to say, there isn’t as much excitement for this South Africa tour as there has been in the past.
South Africa are scheduled to start with a 3 match T20 series, which will be followed by a 3 match test series. The first T20 will take place on 15 September at the picturesque Dharamsala stadium high up in the mountains. India is the betting favorites with odds of 1.44 to South Africa’s 2.75.
India Playing At Full Strength
The Indian players have had about two weeks rest after their tour of the West Indies and are once again back on the road to take on the Proteas. India is once again going to be playing at full strength as the selectors have more or less picked a strong squad. V Kohli will once again be leading the side and R Sharma will continue as vice-captain.
This T20 squad has a set of brothers as H Pandya returns to join K Pandya and both the Chahar brothers retain their place in the squad. There is no J Bumrah, B Kumar or M Shami for the T20 series as the selectors want to continue to give K Ahmed, N Saini, and D Chahar a chance to impress in the shorter format.
The batting looks as strong as it has ever been with S Dhawan and KL Rahul expected to play in the top four along with R Sharma and V Kohli. After failing to impress in the West Indies, this will be an important T20 series for R Pant.
Q de Kock Will Shoulder The Burden
One of the main reasons why there is not a lot of hype behind South Africa is because there is a depleted team. They have a terrible 2019 World Cup and did not even make the playoffs. Senior players like AB Devilliers, Dale Steyn, H Amla, and Faf Du Plessis are not with the squad.
South Africa have given young Q de Kock the captaincy and it will be up to him and a young squad to see if they can turn things around and get South African cricket going in the right direction again. Quinny is only 26 years but he has been around for some time now and has a good record playing against India.
The selectors have put their faith in him as they believe he is not only the right man to lead the Proteas in India but also the right man to captain South Africa at the T20 World Cup which takes place next year.
Quinny is quick to admit that the current squad has a lot of new faces and it is going to be a tough task playing a strong Indian team at home. The new South African captain has made his expectations very clear and says whether they win or lose, he wants the Proteas to fight until the end.
Chance For New Players To Shine
While India should go on to win this T20 series, it is a chance for a number of young South African players to shine and cement their place in the T20 squad. Some of the faces in the Proteas squad such as R Hendricks, J Dala, A Nortje and J Smuts will be relatively new to the Indian public.
South Africa has also brought along a few senior players such as D Miller, K Rabada and T Bavuma to give the side a balance of youth and experience. It will be interesting to see if this T20 series is going to be a one-sided contest or if the Proteas can surprise India!