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Smit Trivedi
Posted on 12 Sep, 2022
By Smit Trivedi
On 12 Sep, 2022
By Smit Trivedi
On 12 Sep, 2022

Shikhar Dhawan To Lead Indian Cricket Team Once Again?

Shikhar Dhawan is expected to take charge of the Indian cricket team once again with the veteran batter rumored to be named captain for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa. The 3-match ODI series is set to kick start on October 6 with the first game in Lucknow. Ranchi and Delhi are named as hosts for the second and third ODIs, which are scheduled to be played on 9 and 11th October respectively.

After a poor outing in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022, the Men in Blue are set to play three T20Is and ODIs each against South Africa. The first T20I game will happen at Thiruvananthapuram on 28th September with the second T20I being played on 2nd October in Guwahati, followed up with the 3rd T20I at Indore, two days later.

Shikhar Dhawan to lead against South Africa in 3 ODIs? 

According to ANI, the ICC T20 World Cup-bound players are likely to be rested for the ODI series against South Africa resulting in the captaincy being handed over to Shikhar Dhawan. It is also being reported that Indian team head coach Rahul Dravid could also skip the white ball series with NCA chief VVS Laxman expected to take charge and coach the team.

Despite not being in the scheme of things for the shortest format of the game, Shikhar Dhawan is a crucial part of the national team when it comes to the 50-over format. Recently, the opener led them to a clean sweep 3-0 win against the West Indies in ODIs.

Questions will remain upon the Indian team selection for the upcoming ODI series against the Proteas. It remains interesting to see if Virat Kohli is recalled to the ODI set up for the 3 matches series against South Africa. The former Indian skipper had struggled to bat in the recent past but has been in great touch in Asia Cup 2022.

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After a solid outing in the first game, the 33 year old had gone on record back-to-back fifties, against Hong Kong and Pakistan. Later, the Delhi based star scored his maiden century in the T20I format and ended up with an unbeaten 122 off 61 deliveries against Afghanistan. He will be eager to remain in good touch and player under Shikhar Dhawan ahead of the highly anticipated T20 World Cup.

The eighth edition of the ICC event is set to take place in Australia from 16 October onwards with the final scheduled for 13th November. The Indian squad for the much-awaited T20 World Cup 2022 is expected to be announced soon with selectors scheduled to hold a meeting on Monday.

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