The Indians managed to register the maiden bilateral title win on South African soil but the Proteas managed to give head to head combat with the visitors in the T20I series. Let us have a look at India’s final eleven for the 3rd T20I to be held at Capetown today.
Rohit Sharma did a half-century in this series but did not do great according to the expectations. Kohli and Dhawan are heading towards greatest scores. Kohli stood at the peaks with the highest score in the series and Dhawan stood next to him. Let us wait and see whether the team India will stick to their winning eleven of the first T20I or make some minor changes for the decider match.
Though Suresh Raina did a good start in the previous T20Is with scores 15 and 31 runs respectively, he is not able to make a good stand till date. But his experience as a middle-order batsman will give him the way to his final team.
Virat Kohli, who is expected to equal the record of Vivian Richards in the ICC rankings, is doing great as a captain at the need of the hour and he is looking to bag another series from this tour.
Manish Pandey did not do well in the first T20I but did a great job in the second T20I by scoring 79 runs off 48 balls and gave a good stand to Dhoni to make the team do a decent total of 188 runs.
MS Dhoni is out of form throughout this series but was able to bounce back in the second ODI with his half-century. He is in a good state as a wicket-keeper and fielder by surpassing Sangakkara’s record of highest number of catches in the T20s. This will earn him a steady position in the team for the upcoming tours.
Hardik Pandya got a stable position in the team being an all-rounder. But the biggest flaw is his 45 runs in a bowling spell of 4 overs. If he can do well with the bat, he can play for the upcoming world cup. Being a hitter at the tail-end is the trait that can cement his position in the final eleven.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s five-wicket haul in the first T20I made him the first option as a pacer. His slower pace deliveries are the main weapon for the team’s victory in the first T20I.
Jasprit Bumrah did great to top the ICC rankings and stood as the highest wicket-taker surpassing Yuzwendra Chahal. Being a good bowler at the death overs makes him a good choice for the final eleven.
Shardul Thakur can be taken as the replacement for Bumrah. In the second T20I, he did well by dismissing Reese Hendricks. He can be taken as an alternate for Kuldeep Yadav as Newlands Pitch does not support spinners much.
Chahal, being very expensive in the second T20I giving away 64 runs in 4 overs, have to prove himself in the third T20I to strengthen his place for the coming series. He is the second highest wicket-taker in this series till date.