Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith on the “X-Factor That India Require”
Graeme Smith, a former captain of South Africa, commended Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya for their efforts during the Proteas’ five-match T20I series.
After the decisive match in Bengaluru was postponed owing to rain, the five-match T20I series between South Africa and India concluded in a 2-2 tie. With Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad back in the hut, India scored 28/2 in the allotted 3.3 overs. Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith praised Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya profusely a day after the series concluded, highlighting the best aspects of Team India.
So, Hardik is the “X-factor” all-rounder that India needs to balance the team, according to Graeme Smith. Hardik Pandya scored 117 runs for the series. He failed to grab a single wicket while holding the ball, though.
The 37-year-old Dinesh Karthik, on the other hand, scored 92 runs overall, of which 55 came in the fourth T20I in Rajkot.
“It is tough to anticipate what will happen over the next few months because there is still a lot of cricket to be played, but Hardik Pandya and DK seem essential members of that team. DK has previous experience playing the finishing role. Hardik has improved significantly and is in complete control of his game “Graeme Smith stated on Cricket.com’s YouTube channel.
“He seemed to have calmed down mentally. He is the all-rounder X-Factor that India needs to merely balance the team with him and Jadeja in the roster. Which opens up a lot of alternatives, and he also knows how to go about his task. Therefore, I don’t see how those two wouldn’t make the final 15 (World Cup team) “Added he.
The forthcoming two-match T20I series between India and Ireland, which starts on June 26, will feature Hardik as Team India’s captain. For the duration of the series, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be his assistant.
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