IND vs SA Dream XI team prediction: Fantasy cricket tips and playing XIs for 1st T20I
India get their home campaign underway post the ICC World Cup 2019 with a three-match T20I series against South Africa which starts on Sunday. The first match will be played at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala. This will be South Africa's first international assignment after the Proteas' poor show at the ICC World Cup 2019 where they failed to make it to the knockout stages. With Quinton de Kock leading the visitors, it will be interesting to see how they bounce back against India, who are favourites at home.
While South African players have had sufficient rest ahead of the series, India recently registered a whitewash over West Indies across formats. The Men in Blue won the three-match T20I series 3-0 in the Caribbean and will be looking to continue their momentum against South Africa. India have opted for the same squad which played against West Indies and will be boosted by the return of all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who will walk into the playing XI.
The series will be a crucial one for both the teams as they look to identify the potential squads for the World T20 next year. While India have a settled squad heading into the series, South Africa have a relatively young and inexperienced squad and will face a daunting task against formidable opposition in India. De Kock's men will be looking to target India's pace attack, which remains the most vulnerable unit in a squad consisting of some big names in the batting line-up.
Here's all you need to know about Dream XI Prediction and playing XI for the 1st T20I between India and South Africa:
India's predicted playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer/KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar/Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
South Africa's predicted playing XI: Quinton de Kock (c), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala/Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Rohit Sharma: Rohit has been in destructive form in white-ball cricket recently. He had a tremendous World Cup finishing as the leading run-getter and notched up 91 runs in two innings against West Indies. He will be one of the top picks for the 1st T20I against South Africa.
Hardik Pandya: Returning from an injury, Hardik will be raring to help India win the game. With all-rounder's fetching maximum points in fantasy leagues, Hardik can be a valuable pick given his all-round abilities.
Captain Options: Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock
Vice-Captain Options: Virat Kohli, Deepak Chahar, Rishabh Pant
Dream XI Playing XI for India vs South Africa 1st T20I:
Wicket-keeper – Quinton de Kock
Batsmen – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Temba Bavuma
All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers – Deepak Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi