IND VS SA: India had to settle for draw against South Africa as the deciding match was abandoned due to rain.
The Indian Team Performed really well in the 3rd and 4th T20 despite losing the initial two matches against South Africa.
Everyone in the team did their job well, except for their Captain Rishabh Pant. He was appointed as the captain after KL Rahul was ruled out of the series due to injury. Pant had an incredible change to fix his spot in the Indian Team. Pant failed to perform in this series and now questions are being raised on his position in the Indian Team with his colleagues performing better than Pant.
Former Indian Cricketer Parthiv Patel told, “The pressure will increase on Pant when the likes of Kohli, Rohit and Rahul return. Also, there will be a series before the England tour begins and and Sanju Samson has a chance of doing well there. There are also other options like Ishan Kishan and Dinesh Karthik.”
IND VS SA: Rishabh Pant’s performance in South Africa series
Pant was selected as the Vice-Captain of the Indian Team for the series against South Africa. Big players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah were given rest. This time youngsters were given opportunities in this series.
Pant was appointed as the teams captain following KL Rahul’s departure from the team due to injury. It was a great opportunity for Pant to lead his National Side after leading Delhi Capitals in IPL.
Pant-led Indian Team failed to perform in first two matches. They went on to lose the initial two matches with visitors having a 2-0 lead in the series. India made a good comeback by winning the next two matches. The series ended in draw as 5th match was abandoned due to rain.
Pant did not made any impact in the team with his bat, he had a horrible series with his bat. In his 4 matches, Pant only managed to score 58 runs which are not enough. The competition to stay in the team is at cutthroat level.
Ireland series, a good opportunity for Indian players
After this home series against South Africa, India is all set to visit Ireland to play a series of two T20 matches. It is scheduled to start from 26th June.
Hardik Pandya has been given the opportunity to lead the Indian Team in Ireland with Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the Vice-Captain.
Ishan Kishan and Dinesh Karthik showed a brilliant performance in South Africa series. Thus, have a chance to prove themselves once again in this series.
Selectors have a huge variety of options for the T20 World Cup. Now every small performance can have a direct impact on the selection process for the Indian Team.