New Delhi: The first T20I match of the five-match series between India and Proteas is to be held on Thursday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, and it is an enormous opportunity for the men in blue to set a new world record. Currently, India has won 12 T20Is in a row. Afghanistan and a lesser-known name in the cricket world, Romania, have achieved this feat.
If India is able to overthrow the South African side led by Temba Bavuma tomorrow, then it would be the 13th victory in a row, which would be a new world record for KL Rahul’s side.
The winning streak of India got underway in the 2021 T20 World Cup under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, where they defeated Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia in consecutive matches.
After that, Rohit Sharma was appointed as the new captain of the side, and the team performed superbly, clinching three successive series against New Zealand, West Indies, and Sri Lanka, and the victory margin remained 3-0.
The head coach of the team, Rahul Dravid, said that the team is not focusing on records and numbers.
We are not playing for records. Winning a game is a nice experience. But for me, a lot of this is about not worrying about creating records or numbers. Our aim is to win all the matches that we play. We will try to execute our plan on the field, and if it clicks, it is great. Dravid stated
The home series against South Africa is a golden opportunity for several young players who have been included in the team due to the absence of many senior players who have been given rest following the exhausting IPL championship.
In the absence of Rohit Sharma, the command of the team is in the hands of KL Rahul. The series provides a chance for young cricketers to prove themselves against a quality side.
Special attention has been paid to two pacers, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik. Both of them have been included in Team India following their stupendous show in the IPL 2022 season. In fact, the pressure of international matches is different from that of league matches. Both need to be careful if they get a chance to play.
The million dollar question is, will the men in blue create a new record in T-20I tomorrow in Delhi? The suspense will be over by tomorrow night.