SA vs IND LIVE: Hardik Pandya is one of the Indian players who lost his place in the Indian cricket team of late. Besides that, he was also released by Mumbai Indians ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction.
The all-rounder came under fire for his inconsistency. As if that wasn’t enough, his spate of injuries marred his career to a large extent. Now, he still has a long way to go to prove himself.
Ahmedabad-based franchise recruited the services of Hardik Pandya for INR 15 crore. He is expected to play a big part in the upcoming season. This will not only help him pick up his form but will also help him earn a comeback to the Indian cricket team.
Meanwhile, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar have performed well. It is well-known that it is not that easy to cement a spot in the Indian cricket team. There are an ample number of players for the all-rounder’s position in the current set-up.
India’s coach Rahul Dravid was indeed pleased with what he saw from Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur. The Indian duo brought out their improved all-around performance against South Africa.
Deepak Chahar played the third and final ODI at Cape Town, which happened to be the only match he was part of the ODI series. However, he made his presence count with the bat and ball.
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Deepak Chahar once again upped his game with the bat in India’s run-chase of 288. Unfortunately, he was on the losing side despite scoring a half-century.
The all-rounder scored runs at the rate of knots. He scored 54 off 34 including 5 fours and 2 sixes to his name. India lost the dead rubber by 4 runs but Deepak Chahar won the hearts.
Deepak Chahar is one such player who has showcased his mettle whenever he was given an opportunity to perform. “I mean Deepak Chahar has shown in the opportunities he has gotten with us in Sri Lanka and over here well.
“He has got some really good ability with the bat. We know what he can do with the ball as well. I have seen him at India A as well and I know he can bat really well so certainly gives us a lot more options,” Rahul Dravid said after the third ODI.
Apart from him, Shardul Thakur impressed everyone with his performances. Shardul Thakur came up with his improved performance in the second Test. He went on to bag 7 wickets, which are his personal best bowling figures in the longest format of the game.
Besides that, he scored his maiden half-century in One-Day Internationals. He accomplished the feat during the first ODI against Proteas at Boland Park, Paarl. “We would like to give Deepak more games along with Shardul and a lot of other people who can step up in the course of next year or so and give us depth in the side,” Rahul Dravid said.