South African cricket team has arrived in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh ahead of its three-match T20I series against India.
Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock will lead the Proteas in the bilateral series, which begins on September 15. The remaining T20Is will take place on September 18 and 22, respectively.
This series will also mark the return of South Africa to international cricket for the first time after its dismal 2019 World Cup campaign.
Currently placed third in the men's T20I team rankings, South Africa has arrived in India with a lot of new faces. Only a handful of players like Andile Phehlukwayo, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, David Miller and Tabraiz Shamsi have been retained from the World Cup squad that travelled to England.
The visitors last played a bilateral T20I series against Sri Lanka at home in March. The team won the three-match series 2-0, which also included a tie.
India, which is fourth in the T20I rankings, will field a team with relatively more experienced names. The Kohli-led home side will be without the services of M.S. Dhoni, with Rishabh Pant being picked as the main wicket-keeper.
The T20I series will be followed by a three-match Test series, which will be part of the ICC World Test Championships.
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