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How India could line up in the first T20I against South Africa

India will be hoping to clinch the top spot in T20Is.

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Top 5 / Top 10 16 Feb 2018, 18:12 IST
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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.

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