WATCH: Head Coach Rahul Dravid gives pep talk as Indian squad begin training for T20I series in South Africa

India have started their preparations for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa at home. KL Rahul will lead the Indian team in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma in the five-game series against Proteas. Several youngsters who impressed in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 have made their way into the squad and will be eager to perform for the Men in Blue.

The five-match series against South Africa is set to kick off from June 09 at the Arun Jaitely Stadium in New Delhi. Every member of the Indian team was in action during the IPL 2022 which ended on May 29 and got a well-deserved break before returning for national service this month.

Apart from skipper Rohit, senior players like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have also been rested from the squad and will return to action in the one-off test against England next month. In their absence, it will be a litmus test for Rahul as the captain in charge of a young team.

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In a video shared by BCCI on Twitter, India’s head coach Rahul Dravid was seen giving a pep talk to the players as they stood in a group during their training session at Arun Jaitely Stadium from New Delhi on Monday. People like Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Arshdeep Singh and others were seen listening attentively.

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While Umran and Arshdeep were selected in the team after their exploits with the ball in the recently concluded season, veteran Karthik also managed to make his return to the team after a 3-year gap. Karthik, who last played for India in the 2019 ODI World Cup, was phenomenal for RCB as a finisher in IPL 2022.

In the absence of Bumrah and Shami, Bhuvneshwar will spearhead India’s pace attack and will be supported by Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Umran and Arshdeep. India will hope to get off to a winning start in the T20I series and build momentum for the remaining four games. It remains to be seen if Umran will make his debut after a stellar season in IPL 2022.

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