The Indian cricket team’s player evaluations for the T20 international matches against South Africa
Here, we look at Team India’s accomplishments and shortcomings against South Africa.
Both good and bad things happened for the Indian cricket squad during the most recent T20I series against South Africa. KL Rahul was ruled out for the first game of the series, and Rishabh Pant was named the team’s new captain. The young Indian team first struggled to get going but eventually settled down to level the series 2-2. There was something to look forward to for the hosts, even though the weather forced the fifth match to be abandoned because the series was divided between the two sides. Here, we look at Team India’s string of triumphs and setbacks.
Runs: 206; Matches: 5.
The left-handed power hitter aims to be the third backup opener when seasoned players like Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul return to the T20I side. Being the leading scorer in the five-match competition gave him a significant statistical advantage. But in the first game, 76 of his 200+ runs were scored.
Matches – 5, Runs – 96
In the lack of seniors at this point, the right-handed opener had a great opportunity to present his case. He utterly blew the opportunity. Up until the third T20I, when he struck 57 off 35 balls, the Chennai Super Kings star could not perform to his level.
Matches – 5, Runs – 94
Again, a lot was expected of him in Suryakumar Yadav’s absence. He got ample of chances at No. 3, but save from scores of 36 in the first T20I and 40 in the second, he scarcely made an impact. In both contests, India lost. It will be intriguing to see if club management continues to offer SKY a long rope in the No. 3 or No. 4 positions whenever he returns.
Matches – 5, Runs – 58
In his role as captain, he oversaw India’s amazing comeback after losing the opening two games. However, as a batter, he lacked any original thought. He frequently fell victim to the off-side trap, which led former players like Wasim Jaffer to doubt if he would be selected for the T20I XI in the future.
Matches – 5, Runs – 117, Wickets – 0
He was expensive with the ball (economy of 12.20), but he always did the right thing with the bat. He continued his stellar IPL 2022 play with the Gujarat Titans, going undefeated and scoring identical 31* in both the first and third T20Is. In the fourth T20I, which India won to draw the series, he hit 46 off 31 balls while playing at No. 5.
Matches – 5, Runs – 92
The seasoned player acknowledged that he is currently one of India’s top finishers in T20 international matches. In the second T20I, he contributed to India’s respectable score with a 21-ball 30*. Then, batting at No. 6, the 37-year-old Karthik scored his first-ever 55 in the fourth T20I. Experts like Sunil Gavaskar have said that they would be stunned if the India team management did not pick him for the 2022 T20 World Cup due to his success.
Matches – 5, Wickets – 3
It was difficult to get excited about the left-arm spinner. He was also wasteful (8.25 RPO). Maintaining his status on the team following his return would be difficult for Ravindra Jadeja.
Matches – 5, Wickets – 6
He was India’s best spinner in the series. He performed admirably in the other games despite giving up 1/49 in the second T20I. His RPO economy was 8.18, and his overall strike rate was 14.
Matches – 5, Wickets – 7
In the entire series, he had the most wickets. He once more showed his worth in the tiniest format. Although he is limited, he can still benefit from it. The 31-year-best old’s performance came in the third T20I, as he scored 4/25. 10.4 was his strike rate.
Matches – 5, Wickets – 6
The seasoned player made a huge stroke and played flawlessly the entire time. He had the best economy among Indian bowlers (6:07 RPO). While other bowlers were expensive, he took 4/13 in the second T20I.
Matches – 5, Wickets – 4
After laboring in the previous several games, Khan flourished in the fourth T20I, taking 4/18. By doing so, he proved his long-term character.
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