India and South Africa also faced defeat in the second T20 played in Cuttack. With this win, South Africa have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match T20I series. Rishabh Pant’s captaincy is once again in the news after India’s second consecutive defeat. In the first T20, questions were raised on the rotation of the bowlers, then now the veteran cricketers have surrounded this young captain regarding the batting order. In the second T20, Pant sent Axar Patel to bat before Dinesh Karthik, his decision is being fiercely criticized.
Speaking on the Star Sports show, Sunil Gavaskar was quite annoyed by this decision of Rishabh Pant and he said that it is being done to him because of the tag of the finisher. At the same time, he also suggested that you can send such players up so that they can test the pitch and play better.
Little Master said “Sometimes there are labels like ‘finisher’ and when you talk about a finisher you think he will come to bat only after the 15th over. He doesn’t come in the 12th or 13th over. And we have seen this happen in IPL as well. Many teams keep big hitters for the last 4-5 overs. In fact, if they are sent first because they have more work capacity, then it is not necessary. When they come, they hit sixes. The fact is that when they come out to bat, they feel the wicket while playing the ball and they can bat accordingly in the last 4-5 overs.”
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith was also a part of this discussion. He said that the decision to send Akshar over Kartik is mind-blowing.
“I don’t get it. Karthik is one of the most experienced cricketers in India. Look how many games he has played for India. Never mind the IPL. How can you send Axar Patel ahead of him. It’s mind-blowing. It’s a decision.”
When Karthik came to bat on the field, he was struggling a lot. He scored only 9 runs in the first 16 balls. But in the next 5 balls, he scored 21 runs and equalized everything.