5. Harshal Patel
He is playing in the IPL for quite some time now but his performances were not so good in the earlier seasons. The 2021 was a breakthrough year for him. His performances resulted in him making it to the Indian side against New Zealand in the T20I series where he made his debut too.
4. Ravi Bishnoi
Bishnoi could have been a good option to be given an opportunity in South Africa. Kuldeep Yadav is not in the squad but Rahul Chahar will accompany Yuzvendra Chahal this time. Rahul Chahar also played in the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup and has been preferred over Ravi Bishnoi in this series too.
3. Shahrukh Khan
Shahrukh Khan had a great Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2021 where he took the responsibility to finish the games for Tamil Nadu. He is a strong guy who can slog the cricket ball to 75-80 yards effortlessly. He could be a good option to be given a place in the lower middle order.
2. Avesh Khan
The Madhya Pradesh pacer was the second-highest wicket-taker in IPL 2021. He can move the new ball consistently and has variations to succeed in death overs too. When he is in rhythm, he can click the 140 km/h mark consistently. He can bowl both off-cutters and leg-cutters and has a wide variety of slower balls.
1. Rishi Dhawan
He was amazingly brilliant in that tournament. He was not so eye-catchy when he got to wear the Indian team jersey but his great form can be helpful for the team in the coming series. With Hardik Pandya not present in the squad he could have been a good option to invest in.