11. Yuzvendra Chahal

Chahal’s experience will also come into play when he bowls to relatively inexperienced South African batters. He can toss the ball and is never hesitant to bowl flighted deliveries even after getting smacked. This makes him a valuable asset in any condition.

10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

He should make it to the national side and should board the plane to Australia later this year as well. He is too good a player to miss out and should perform as per the expectations in the South Africa series as well. Adding on, he brings a huge amount of experience and calmness to the side as well.

9. Harshal Patel 

Patel has been bowling with an economy of less than 9, which is acceptable given the fact that the T20 format is cruel to the bowlers. Now, with regular selections, Harshal is growing in confidence and everyone is expecting him to deliver match after match. His fielding skills also make him a better choice than the rest of the bowlers.

8. Axar Patel

With the ball, Axar has an economy rate of 7.25 in the IPL. Talking about T20Is, he has bowled at an economy rate of 6.7 and picked 13 wickets in 15 games. These numbers showcase his mettle and prove that he can be a match-winner for Team India.

7. Hardik Pandya

After taking up the captaincy role for Gujarat Titans in the IPL, Pandya has improved drastically as a cricketer. In 14 games, he has mustered 453 runs at an average of 45.30 including a best score of 87 not out. With the ball, he has picked 5 wickets, but that should not be a problem. He has been economical and is bowling quick. Even if he bowls 2-3 overs, that should be more than enough for Team India.

6. Dinesh Karthik 

For RCB, DK has been phenomenal in IPL 2022. In 16 games so far, he has scored 330 runs while batting down the order. There were numerous occasions when RCB was in a desperate situation, but DK’s efforts have pulled them back.  It will be interesting to see if Karthik can replicate his IPL form in the international arena.

5. Rishabh Pant (WK)

Rishabh Pant will go down as one of the most attacking wicketkeeper batters in the history of the game. And the fact that he has been doing this at the age of 24, means he has a lot to come. It will be interesting to see how he plays against South Africa.

4. Deepak Hooda

Hooda has already played 15 games this season. He is one of the main reasons why LSG qualified for the playoffs. In 14 innings, he scored 451 runs with a decent strike rate of 136.66. His part-time off-spin can be of great use as well for Team India. In crunch games, when a captain needs someone to bowl, Hooda can be a decent option. Combined with his all-round skills, his fielding is also one of the finest in the country.

3. Shreyas Iyer

In 36 T20I games, Iyer has scored 809 runs at a strike rate of 141.43. Apart from that, he has a decent average of 36.77. He has seriously scaled up and should be used as a number three batsman in the series against South Africa.

2. Ruturaj Gaikwad

The 2021 Orange Cap winner had a shaky start to the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League. The door we are talking about is Team India’s squad to the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup. Gaikwad’s highest score in this year’s IPL is 99. This shows that, even if he is having a bad time, he can find his touch within a few games.

1. KL Rahul (Captain)

After Virat Kohli resigned as the skipper of the side, KL was appointed as the deputy to Rohit Sharma. Rahul’s maturity is what makes him a captain on this side. It will be interesting to see how he paces his innings as the skipper for the national team. This is mainly because people have accused him of being a stat padder. But, we all know how dangerous he can be if he gets his touch. Apart from that, he is an excellent fielder as well.