IND vs SA 3rd T20: Will Rishabh Pant and Co. counterattack in the third T20 match? Questions are being raised regarding place in Rituraj’s playing XI


Visakhapatnam. For the Indian cricket team captained by Rishabh Pant, the remaining three matches of the 5-match series against South Africa (IND vs SA 3rd T20) are now like knockouts. The hosts India, trailing 0-2 in the series, will take on the Proteas team in the third T20 on Tuesday. In this match, there will be a lot of pressure on the in-form spinners, opener Ruturaj Gaikwad and captain Rishabh Pant, who is struggling to score runs himself. India had entered this series by winning 12 consecutive matches, but in front of the strong team of South Africa, it did not play one in the first two matches.

The Pant-led team is struggling in many departments and will have to overcome these weaknesses within a day. If India lost in the first match due to poor bowling, then in the second match the batsmen disappointed. The Indian openers have so far failed to give a good start in the powerplay. Ishan Kishan has done well so far but Rituraj has been able to score only 23 and one run. Questions are also being raised about his technique in front of the fast bowlers.

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Shreyas is unable to score runs as fast as expected

Shreyas Iyer has started well but he has not been able to score runs at the expected pace, which is putting pressure on the batsmen ahead. Hardik Pandya had made some visible shots in the first match but he could not even walk on the wicket of Cuttack. He has also failed in bowling. Pant, who took over the captaincy due to the injury of KL Rahul, has so far scored 29 and five runs. He has scored only three half-centuries in 45 T20 Internationals at an average of 23.9 and a strike rate of 126.6 which is not in line with his talent.

Questions are being raised on the decisions of Captain Pant

Questions are also being raised on Pant’s decisions as captain. In the second match, the decision to send Axar Patel before Dinesh Karthik proved to be wrong. He is expected to perform well as a captain and as a player. The spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar have disappointed in the bowling so far. Batsmen like David Miller, Rasi van der Dusen and Heinrich Klaasen have scored runs easily against him.

Ravi Bishnoi or Venkatesh Iyer may get a chance

In the third match, any one of them can be dropped. The team management can take young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi or all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer. Venkatesh has also been opening the innings in IPL. Indian bowlers have failed to take wickets except Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Indian bowlers are spoiling the hard work done earlier by wasting runs in one or two overs. Now that the series is at stake, they will have to perform well.

Will Umran Malik or Arshdeep get a chance to debut?

In such a situation, instead of Avesh Khan, who has not taken a single wicket so far, the Indian team management can give a chance to Umran Malik or Arshdeep Singh to make his debut. On the other hand South Africa is doing well in every department. Its bowlers are taking wickets and the batsmen are playing partnerships. In the first match, Miller and Van der Dussen showed great performance, while in the second match, Klaasen played a flowing inning of 81 runs. Kagiso Rabada, Enrique Norkhia and Wayne Parnell are performing well in the bowling.

Tags: Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ind vs sa, India vs South Africa, Rishabh Pant, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Umran Malik

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