How India could line up in the first T20I against South Africa
After securing the top spot in the Test and ODI rankings, the Indian cricket team will be keeping an eagle eye on the T20I rankings as well to accomplish a dream 1-1-1 in international cricket. The final phase of the South Africa tour, the three-match T20I series, kicks off on 18th February (Sunday) where the visitors will be looking to make up for their series loss at home in 2015.
#1 Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma's selection is a no-brainer, having scored the joint-fastest T20I century, against Sri Lanka recently. Murmurs regarding his axing following a poor run of form in the ODI series were vanquished with a fighting ton in the fifth game.
#2 KL Rahul
Leaving aside an in-form Shikhar Dhawan seems contentious, but going by the 'recent form' approach of the team-management, KL Rahul might get a nod ahead of the left-hander. The Karnataka cricketer has transformed into a ferocious T20 batsman and recently scored 154 runs in a three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, striking at over 145 runs per hundred balls.