India start practice without Hardik Pandya for 1st T20I vs South Africa

India have started practice at the Arun Jaitley Stadium ahead of the first T20I versus South Africa. Hardik Pandya was missing from the session as he hasn’t joined the team yet.

“Hardik Pandya is not with the team at the moment but he might join tomorrow. Everything is fine and you will see him in the net sessions ahead of the first T20I,” a source from the BCCI told ANI.

Hardik will be playing for India after the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE. He recently led Gujarat Titans to IPL 2022 title in their maiden season.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested. While KL Rahul will lead Team India, Rishabh Pant has been appointed as his deputy.

Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh are likely to play for the Men in Blue.

India’s squad: KL Rahul (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (vice-captain)(WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.

South Africa’s squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, 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.