Rishabh Pant should have bowled Axar Patel earlier in the second T20I, according to Ashish Nehra.
Axar Patel only bowled one over in the second T20I and was dismissed for 19 runs.
India fell behind 0-2 in the ongoing five-match T20I series against South Africa after losing the second T20I by four wickets in Cuttack on Sunday. The hosts were unable to defend 148 after taking Proteas wickets in the powerplay. With the ball, only Bhuvneshwar Kumar took four wickets, and the rest of the bowlers struggled. Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel did not have much of an impact on the game. Only one over for 19 runs was bowled by the latter. Former India players Ashish Nehra and Parthiv Patel believe Rishabh Pant should have brought Axar into the attack before the 12th over to put pressure on Klaasen.
In the third T20I, Ashish Nehra commented on the overall bowling performance.
“Making a decision is a challenging task (changes on the Indian side for the third T20I). The changes will be influenced by the conditions in Visakhapatnam as well as your thinking style, which will be considered by all players. Rishabh Pant should also look at how the game progressed for 9-10 overs in the middle session. Axar Patel was kept back because there were two right-handers. Despite the fact that there was no guarantee that Rishabh Pant would have bowled his 2-3 overs earlier, I believe Rishabh Pant should take a look.” Ashish Nehra stated on Cricbuzz.
Rishabh Pant on Ashish Nehra
“We discussed Chahal the last time we met, and you may have brought Axar in earlier this time. Some bowlers can bowl at any moment during the game, while others can only bowl at a certain time or under certain conditions. As a result, I believe Rishabh Pant has been holding back for far too long “He went on to state the following.
Speaking on the same subject, Parthiv said: “Reading the game becomes crucial in these situations, especially in this format. Klassen had some difficulties at first and had to change gears. Despite his superb spin performance today, Axar Patel had a chance to face him.”
In the second T20I, South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl fast. India scored 148/6 in 20 overs, with Shreyas Iyer top-scoring with 40. Dinesh Karthik remained undefeated with a score of 30 from 21 balls. South Africa’s Anrich Nortje returned with two wickets.
India were unable to defend the score despite Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s four wickets. The third T20I will be played on Tuesday between India and South Africa.