India vs South Africa 2nd ODI: 3 changes India can make for second match

Updated on: Oct 7, 2022 9:31 am IST

  • India vs South Africa 2nd ODI: 3 changes India can make for second match

    India would be extremely disappointed with the way they played as a whole in the first game. South Africa outplayed them in all the departments of the game, especially while fielding where India were awful to say the least. VVS Laxman, the stand-in coach hasn’t lost a series whenever he has been in charge for India in the absence of Rahul Dravid but those were all against inferior teams.

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    Shahbaz Ahmed has established himself at the IPL level fair and square. He has the ability to bowl tighter lines and lengths and more importantly, can bat well as well. India lacked batting depth in the first match. One more capable batsman in their team in the first match, they could have won the game as well.

    Ravi Bishnoi didn’t help his case as well in the first match. He bowled terrible lines and got smacked pretty badly. He wasn’t getting the right field sets as well.

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    Deepak Chahar to replace Avesh Khan

    Deepak Chahar was rested for the first game because he had just finished playing the 3rd T20I against South Africa just 2 days ago. Deepak Chahar is an excellent new ball bowler and he can be a pretty useful batsman lower down the order. He can smash sixes as well as he has shown on various occasions.

    Avesh Khan did bowl well in the first game but as Deepak Chahar is ahead in the pecking order, it is only fair that they play the bowling all rounder ahead of Avesh Khan when Deepak Chahar is available.

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    Rajat Patidar to play for Ruturaj Gaikwad

    Ruturaj Gaikwad has excellent game against spinners. He has smashed all top quality spinners in the IPL, it has to be accepted that he walked into bat under difficult circumstances when the ball was swinging and seaming in the first match, but once playing it out, he must have taken down the spinners but he went into a shell and couldn’t accelerate against spinners.

    Rajat Patidar is in excellent form and it would be wise to use the in form batsman.

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