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India’s T20 Debutants to Face Zimbabwe in Series Opener

Ahead of the first T20I between India and Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club this Saturday JULY 6,2024, all eyes are on the young players stepping into the limelight. With key players like Rohit SharmaVirat Kohli, and Ravindra Jadeja retired from T20Is, India’s squad is filled with fresh talent from the IPL, setting the stage for the 2026 T20 World Cup journey.

Captain Shubman Gill will lead a squad likely to include three debutants, with a possibility of up to five in the opening match. Gill confirmed that Abhishek Sharma will join him as opener for his international debut, while Riyan Parag is set to bat at number 4. Dhruv Jurel is expected to take on wicket-keeping duties in the absence of Sanju Samson, alongside potential debuts for Tushar Deshpande and Harshit Rana in the upcoming matches.

India’s bowling attack will feature Washington Sundar and Ravi Bishnoi handling spin, supported by Avesh KhanMukesh Kumar, and left-armer Khaleel Ahmed in the pace department.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe, under Sikandar Raza’s leadership, is rebuilding with a younger squad. They welcome back Wessly Madhevere and Brandon Mavuta after a suspension period, and all eyes are on Belgium-born all-rounder Antum Naqvi, who has made a strong impression in domestic cricket with a notable First-Class triple hundred.

Both teams are gearing up for an exciting series opener, promising cricket enthusiasts a thrilling display of talent and strategy on the field.

India’s Predicted XI for 1st T20I: Shubman Gill(c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, Dhruv Jurel(w), Rinku Singh, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Khaleel Ahmed, Mukesh Kumar.

Zimbabwe’s Predicted XI for 1st T20I: Brian Bennett, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Sikandar Raza (c), Johnathan Campbell, Antum Naqvi, Clive Madande (wk), Wessly Madhevere, Luke Jongwe, Faraz Akram, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani.

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