India vs South Africa: While addressing the press conference on the eve of the 1st T20I at Dharamsala, Indian captain Virat Kohli reacted on the tweet on MS Dhoni that sparked retirement rumours. During the presser, he was asked this question to which he clearly said that he had nothing like retirement on his mind while creating the post. Clarifying all doubts, Kohli said that he was so fond of that innings of Dhoni that he wanted to reveal what he felt. “I never had anything like that on my mind. Even today I remember that knock because that was special. I never got the opportunity to speak about that and hence wanted to throw light on that. But, media misinterpreted it and took it somewhere else,” said Kohli.
Virat Kohli-led Men in Blue would be upon confidence following their dream run in their last tour to the Caribbean Islands. India were absolutely ruthless against the West Indies, with only rain denying them a clean sweep of the Test, ODI and T20 series contested between the two nations.
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Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya is back in the squad after he was rested for the complete Windies tour and is a certainty to feature in the playing XI against the South Africans.
On the other hand, a young Proteas side led by Quinton de Kock, will look to leave behind their dismal performance in England in the World Cup and will look to come up with a new hope.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, K.L. Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (c), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde.