- India is currently engaged in a five-match T20I series against South Africa.
- In the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant is leading the side.
- Hardik Pandya recently led Gujarat Titans to the IPL 2022 title.
Hardik has been in good form in recent months, and he recently led his IPL team, Gujarat Titans, to their first title. He impressed with his all-round show for the Ahmedabad-based side and finished as the leading run-getter for the team, besides saving his best di lui with the ball for the night of the final.
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“Hardik Pandya should be captain of this T20 team in front of Rahul. He proved his worth in the IPL. He wants those tough moments when the team’s back is against the wall. He wants to go out there and deliver, whether it’s with a bat or ball, “said Hogg in a video on Instagram.
“The other night (1st T20I), he came in during those final overs and was able to find the boundary from ball one. Not too many people can do that. And he can go up and do the job at the top of the order if they lose early wickets as well. He is the most valuable T20 cricketer going around in world cricket right now, “Hogg added.
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India currently trail the five-match T20I series by 0-2 after the Temba Bavuma-led side won the second match as well, which was played in Cuttack on Sunday (June 12). They now have to win all the remaining three matches to save themselves from the embarrassment of losing the series at home.