The recently concluded T20I series against South Africa had many positives as well as negatives for the Indian cricket team. whereas KL Rahul After the series was discarded on the eve, the competition saw the rise of a new captain. Rishabh Pant, The young Indian side initially struggled to establish a solid footing but gradually leveled the series at 2-2. Although rain forced the fifth match to be called off as the series was shared by both the teams, there was much to look forward to for the hosts. Here we take a look at the hits and misses for Team India in the series.
Match – 5, Run – 206
The left-arm power-hitter is attempting to become the third back-up opener when the likes of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul make a comeback in the senior T20I squad. Statistically, he did himself well after finishing as the top scorer in the five-match competition. However, 76 of his 200-plus runs came in the first game.
Match – 5, Run – 96
It was a golden opportunity for the right-handed opener to pursue his case in the absence of the seniors. He squandered this opportunity in a big way. Only in the third T20I, where the Chennai Super Kings player scored 57 off 35 balls, did he do justice to his talent.
Match – 5, Run – 94
Again, a lot was expected of him in his absence Suryakumar Yadav, He got ample opportunities at the No. 3 slot but except for 36 in the first T20I and 40 in the second T20I, his contribution was barely noticeable. India lost both the matches. It remains to be seen whether the team management continues to give them a long rope at the No. 3 or No. 4 spot after SKY’s return.
Match – 5, Run – 58
As India’s captain, he oversaw India’s impressive comeback after losing the first two games. But as a batsman he lacked ideas. He consistently fell into the off-side trap and before that players like Wasim Jaffer Going forward, he is raising doubts about his place in the T20I XI.
Match – 5, Runs – 117, Wickets – 0
He was expensive with the ball (economy of 12.20) but with the bat he was responsible throughout. Continuing his stellar form in IPL 2022 for Gujarat Titans, he remained unbeaten in the first and third T20Is, scoring the same 31*. In the fourth T20I, India won to level the series, scoring 46 off 31 balls at No.
Match – 5, Run – 92
The veteran reaffirmed his position as one of the best Indian finishers in T20Is in recent times. In the second T20I, he scored 30* off 21 balls to take India to a respectable total. Then in the fourth T20I, batting at No. 6, the 37-year-old Karthik scored his maiden 55. That performance has led experts like Sunil Gavaskar To say that he would be surprised if the India team management doesn’t pick him for the 2022 T20 World Cup.
Match – 5, Wicket – 3
The left-arm spinner didn’t impress much. It was not economical either (8.25 RPO). When Ravindra Jadeja If he makes a comeback, it will be difficult for him to retain his place in the team.
Match – 5, Wicket – 6
He was India’s best spinner in the series. Though he conceded 1/49 in the second T20I, he was great in other matches. He had a total strike-rate of 14.1 and an economy RPO of 8.18.
Match – 5, Wicket – 7
He was the highest wicket-taker in the series. He once again proved his mettle in the shortest format. He has his limits but he can take great advantage of it. The 31-year-old’s best performance came in the third T20I where he took 4/25. His strike rate was 10.4.
Match – 5, Wicket – 6
The veteran produced prodigious swing and was brilliant throughout. He had the best economy among Indian bowlers – 6:07 RPO. When other bowlers were expensive, he scored 4/13 in the second T20I.
Match – 5, Wicket – 4
After struggling in the first few matches, Khan registered a 4/18 win in the fourth T20I. Thus he showed the reason that he was walking for a long time.
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