IND vs SA Live: Preparing for his first home series as captain, KL Rahul played a huge selective push as India prepared for their fight against South Africa. In the regular absence of the team, Men in Blue chose a young team. With Rohit Sharma resting, Rahul will have to find a new opening partner, a mix of both Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Follow India vs South Africa live updates on Insidesport.IN

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KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma have been India’s bona fide openers for years. However, the IND vs SA T20 series is a great opportunity for the hosts to test their bench strength, with Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan among the options.

Here, Insidesport.IN looks at the players who can open against South Africa with KL Rahul.

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1. Ishan Kisan

Ishan Kishan was part of the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup, but fought for the opportunity considering the competition for left-handed places. This indomitable player of Mumbai Indians has done well in his short international career with an average of 32 with a strike rate of 121. The 23-year-old scored 418 runs in the just-concluded IPL 2022 and offered a left-right combination at the top of his versatility. In order.

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2. Ruturaj Gaikwad

Chennai Super Kings star Ruturaj Gaikwad was not the best in the IPL season, but the 24-year-old Indian team management has kept them confident. Gaikwad has played only 3 matches for India but failed to make his mark, but the opportunities can be presented to him very well in this tour.

IND vs SA Live: KL Rahul’s biggest headache for the first T20, who will be his opening partner, Gaikwad or Kishan? Follow live updates

3. Venkatesh Iyer

Kolkata Knight Riders star Venkatesh Iyer fought for form in the IPL, but the Indian management stuck with him after his impressive cameo in international cricket. In his short career, Venkatesh has averaged 33 runs at an amazing strike rate of 162. Although Iyer has never opened in international cricket, the presence of Hardik Pandya could very well give him a chance to advance in order.

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IND vs SA Live: KL Rahul’s biggest headache for the first T20, who will be his opening partner, Gaikwad or Kishan? Follow live updates

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