Yuzvendra Chahal had entered India's five-match T20I series against South Africa on the back of a stupendous IPL 2022.
The hosts came into the series on a 12-match winning streak but South Africa took the wind out of India's sails with two emphatic victories.
South Africa batter Heinrich Klaasen hopes his match-winning effort against India in the second T20 helps him prolong his international career.
Zaheer Khan said that the Indian team is lacking their trademark fighting spirit in the match and letting their guard down when conditions are not favourable for them.
'Axar Patel sent ahead of Dinesh Karthik to rotate strike': Shreyas Iyer defends bizarre batting order
Promoted at No 6, Axar Patel scored 10 off 11 balls before being cleaned up by Anrich Nortje, while Karthik slammed an unbeaten 30 from 21 balls.
Series against South Africa gives opportunity to show exactly what I've worked hard for: Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya elaborated on the routine he followed during his time off from the Indian team. "I'm just proud of the process I followed.
Rishabh Pant rotated the bowlers 'poorly' in first T20I vs South Africa: Ex-Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria has highlighted the poor captaincy of India wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant in the first T20I against South Africa.
Rishabh Pant's stakes have suddenly come down post-IPL and that has coincided with the resurgence of Hardik Pandya.
Rassie van der Dussen smashed 75 off 46 balls while David Miller scored 64 off 31 balls to guide Proteas to a historical run chase.
Asked about how they dealt with Delhi's heat, Temba Bavuma said that the contingent had to cut down on practice ahead of the game to keep their players fit.
Top-knocks by Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller took South Africa to a seven-wicket over India, in the first T20I of the five-match series.
The Indian bowlers cut a sorry figure as South Africa achieved their highest T20 run-chase to end India's 12-match winning streak in the format.
Despite all the hitting talent that the IPL throws up season after season, India have been reluctant to buy that approach with the national side.
Umran Malik earned an expected call-up in the Indian team for the upcoming five-match T20 International home series against South Africa starting June 9.
Hardik Pandya has been in smashing form in IPL 2022, guiding Gujarat Titans to the top of the table and contributing robustly with the bat and ball.
Dinesh Karthik, who has made a strong case for the finisher's role with his exploits for RCB, is also expected to make his umpteenth comeback in the Indian team.
Big cricket is back again in Visakhapatnam as the third T20 match between India and South Africa will be played at Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on June 14.
Fast bowler Anrich Nortje is set to make his first international appearance since the T20 World Cup last November.
Bio-bubbles became a part of the lives of cricketers with almost all the series played in strict bio-secure environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.