After scoring 211 in the first T20I, Team India did not have a good day in office in the second T20I as the hosts scored only 148/6 in 20 overs against South Africa in Cuttack. This total did not prove to be enough as South Africa chased it with four wickets left and 10 balls remaining. When the eyebrows were raised Akshar Patel Was sent from Dinesh Karthik And the move did not help as the left-handers left after scoring 10 off 11 balls while Karthik remained unbeaten on 30.
It was due to Karthik’s blitz in the last over that India managed to cross the 140-run mark. Former South African captain Graeme Smith Akshar was furious at the call to send Karthik ahead and even called the all-rounder a “bats and peace batsman”.
“In what world is an all-rounder, a batsmen and a pace batsman, ahead of a front-line batsman? I don’t understand that. Dinesh Karthik is one of the most experienced cricketers in India. Have you played? For India, over 160. Don’t mind the IPL, whatever it has played. How can you send Patel beyond that. It’s heartbreaking for me. Smith told Star Sports after the second T20I between India and South Africa. .
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar He also said that Karthik should have gone beyond Axar and sometimes labels like “finisher” do not help either party.
“Definitely, for sure. There’s no question about that (should Dinesh Karthik have gotten ahead of Akshar Patel). Sometimes these labels are like a finisher. And when you talk about a finisher. So you think he will come after the 15th over. He can’t come in the 12th or 13th over. And we’ve seen that happen in the IPL too. We have big hitters, “said Gavaskar.
“When in fact, if they had been sent earlier, because they have the ability to work around the ball, they don’t have to start hitting sixes from the inside. But the fact is that they got on the batting field. They go, they move the ball around and they realize what the pitch is doing then it becomes so easy in the last five overs where they can throw their bat around, ”he added.
In the second T20, South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl. India made 148/6 in 20 overs Shriyas Ayre Top scoring with 40.
Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten on 30 off 21 balls. For South Africa, Enrich Nortje Returned with two wickets.
India still failed to defend Total. Bhuvneshwar Kumar Take four wickets.
The next T20 between India and South Africa will be played on Tuesday.
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