Indian selectors on Sunday announced an 18-member Indian squad for the five-match T20I series against South Africa. Command of the team against South Africa has been handed over to KL Rahul. At the same time, Dinesh Karthik has once again returned to the team after three years. Besides him, sprint star Umran Malik has also managed to carve out a place for himself in the Indian T20 team. The T20 series will start from June 9. Virender Sehwag has praised the selection of young players in the team.

Sehwag praised the selection of Arshdeep Singh who performed brilliantly for Punjab Kings in IPL 2022. Arshdeep has taken 10 wickets in 14 matches. He bowled brilliantly in the death overs. At IPL 2022, he spent runs with an economy of 7.70. 37/3 was his best performance this season. Speaking to Cricbuzz, Sehwag acknowledged the difficult role the Punjab team played this season and said that he has only seen former cricketers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra do it during their playing days.

He said Arshdeep has impressed me, he bowls two of the last three overs for Punjab Kings, he may not have taken many wickets but his economy was excellent. The bowler who bowls one on the new ball and two on the slog over, I’ve only seen Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra do it. Now Arshdeep, Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are also doing the same thing. It is very difficult to bowl in the slog over.

Ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction, Punjab Kings retained Arshdeep for Rs 4 crore. Punjab had retained only two players. First captain Mayank Agarwal (12 million rupees) and second Arshdeep. He was one of the retained upcap players. At IPL 2021, he took 18 wickets in 12 matches with an average of 19 and economy of 8.27.

KL Rahul (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Vice Captain and Goalkeeper), Dinesh Karthik (Goalkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.

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