Rishabh Pant chose to send player Axar Patel prior to player Dinesh Karthik during the second T20 International Match between Team India and Team South Africa. While Axar was out on only 9 runs, player Karthik, got back with an unbeaten 21-ball 30 runs with the assistance of 2 match boundaries.
Captain Rishabh Pant's exploration as India's chief hasn't started well. The Men dressed in Blue have experienced consecutive misfortunes against Team South Africa in the continuous T20 International Matches and another disappointment will prompt their most memorable series loss at home since 2019.
On this Sunday night, a classic inning from player Heinrich Klassen denied Team India triumph in the match at Cuttack. The bowling unit of the team, particularly the spinners, appeared to be common against a very much settled Team South African centre request of batting. The guests pursued down the objective of 149 runs regardless of premature hiccups with four wickets in hands and gained a 2-0 series lead in the T20 5-match series.
Other than Team India's unfortunate performance with the ball, what's shocking was captain Pant's strategies with the Team batting line-up. After a successful 45-run stand between player Ishan Kishan & player Shreyas Iyer, Team India forfeited three wickets one after another. With approximately seven overs remaining in the match, Pant chose to send player Axar Patel prior to their most experienced player in the line-up, Dinesh Karthik.
While player Axar was out in the match for only 10 off 11, player Karthik, got back with an unbeaten 21 balls 30 runs with the assistance of 2 match boundaries.
Previous India skipper Sunil Gavaskar was left confused by this move of Pant's. Talking with media, he said.
"At times there are these names like 'finisher'. What's more, when you discuss a finisher you figure he will come to bat solely after the fifteenth over. He can't come in the twelfth or the thirteenth over. Furthermore, we have witnessed these in the Indian Premier League tournament too. A great undertaking of groups has just saved their large hitters for the last 4-5 overs."
"When, in the event that they had been sent before, in light of the fact that they can work things around, they don't be guaranteed to hit sixes from the opportunity they come in. The way that when they get to the batting region and work the ball around, they get the vibe of the wicket and they can bat appropriately in the last 4-5 overs," Sunil Gavaskar added.
Previous Team South Africa commander Graeme Smith, who was likewise a piece of the conversation, had a comparable response to the strategy. He proceeded to call attention to Karthik's involvement with worldwide cricket and said,
"I don't have any idea. At the point when Karthik is quite possibly the most experienced cricketer in team India. Acknowledge look at the number of games he has played for Team India. Quit thinking about the Indian Premier League. How might you send player Axar Patel ahead of him? This is stunning," he said.