According to Ashish Nehra, Rishabh Pant should have bowled Axar Patel a little earlier in the second T20I.
In the second T20I, Axar Patel only bowled one over and was dismissed for 19 runs.
After a four-wicket loss in the second T20I in Cuttack on Sunday, India fell behind 0-2 in the ongoing five-match T20I series against South Africa. Even after collecting Proteas wickets in the powerplay, the hosts were unable to defend 148. Only Bhuvneshwar Kumar took four wickets with the ball, and the rest of the bowlers had a bad day. Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel failed to make an impression on the game. The latter only managed to bowl one over for 19 runs. Rishabh Pant might have pulled Axar into the attack earlier than the 12th over to put pressure on Klaasen, according to former India players Ashish Nehra and Parthiv Patel.
Ashish Nehra said on overall Bowling in third T20I
“It’s a difficult decision to make (changes on the Indian side for the third T20I). The adjustments will be determined by the conditions in Visakhapatnam and the style of thinking you have, taking into account all of the participants. Rishabh Pant should also have a look at how the game proceeded in the middle period for 9-10 overs. There were two right-handers, therefore Axar Patel was held back. Even though there was no assurance if Rishabh Pant had bowled his 2-3 overs a little earlier, I believe Rishabh Pant should take a look “On Cricbuzz, Ashish Nehra stated.
Ashish Nehra on Rishabh Pant
“We talked about Chahal the last time, and you might have brought Axar in a little earlier this time. Some bowlers can bowl at any point throughout the game, while others can only bowl at a specific time or in a specific situation. So I believe Rishabh Pant has been holding back Rishabh Pant for far too long “He went on to say.
Parthiv, speaking on the same subject, said: “In such cases, reading the game becomes critical, especially in this format. Klassen was having trouble at first and had to shift gears. Despite his excellent spin performance today, there was a chance to pit Axar Patel against him.”
South Africa won the toss in the second T20I and chose to bowl fast. In 20 overs, India scored 148/6, with Shreyas Iyer top-scoring with 40. On 30 off 21 balls, Dinesh Karthik stayed undefeated. Anrich Nortje returned with two wickets for South Africa.
Even with Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s four wickets, India was unable to defend the target. On Tuesday, India and South Africa will face off in the third T20I.