IND vs SA, 2nd T20I: Gautam Gambhir wants this spinner to play next match
India missed an opportunity to claim the world record for consecutive match wins in T20 cricket after suffering a seven-wicket loss against South Africa in the first T20I of the five-match series at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium on Thursday. Team India failed to defend 212 runs in the Delhi T20I. Pointing out the necessary changes in the playing XI, former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has suggested that leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi should play the second T20I in place of the pacer.
“In that case, you can probably take out a seamer in Bishnoi and play the leg-spinner and Hardik can be your third seamer. You will have two wrist-spinners as attacking options but if the ground is small and There is not much spin in the wicket, so you will probably see the same team,” Gambhir said during the post-match show on Star Sports.
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The Indian pace attack was everywhere in the first T20I. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel took a wicket each but the Proteas failed to stop the batsmen. Hardik Pandya bowled an over in which he conceded 18 runs while Kumar and Harshal bowled at an economy of over 10.
Gautam also feels that Deepak Hooda should have played the first T20I but as the Indian team has gone with Dinesh Karthik as the main finisher, he should stick with him.
“Now that you have played Dinesh Karthik, you will play him. I still think you could have played Deepak Hooda, the form he was and he is a young player. But in the next matches, I don’t think so. Any change that needs to be done should be done unless the wicket is very dry,” Gambhir concluded.