Former India opener Aakash Chopra has said that the South Africa National Cricket Team will win the five-match T20I series against the India National Cricket Team if the BCCI selectors give rest to premier players and name a second-string squad for the series.
The five-match T20I series between India and South Africa will begin on June 9 in Delhi and the remaining four games will be held in Cuttack, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot and Bengaluru respectively.
In a video shared by Aakash Chopra on his YouTube channel on Wednesday, he said that South Africa have tied India’s hands now and an experimental squad can not be selected by the BCCI selection committee. He said:
“If you were thinking that an experimental squad can be put out for this series and take June lightly before the tour of England, just think again. South Africa have tied India’s hands now and will win the series if an ordinary team is put out. India have to play pretty much everyone.”
If you take this lightly, then you will lose the series at home – Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra further added that the premier Indian players should not be rested for the series just like South African players are not given any rest.
He asserted: “So, a request to the selectors, if the South African players don’t need rest, then don’t rest your main players either. If you take this lightly, then you will lose the series at home.”
The 44-year-old also lauded the Proteas team and said that they have got everything from openers to bowlers.
He said: “Bavuma might be the only player in this side who is not a T20 specialist. He is a fantastic captain. De Kock and Reeza Hendricks are gun players. In this team, right from openers to bowlers, everything is there.”
South Africa squad for five-match T20I series vs India:
Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen.
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