IND vs SA: Shreyas Iyer on Why India Sent Axar Patel Ahead of Dinesh Karthik, 2nd T20I

IND vs SA Shreyas Iyer on Why India Sent Axar Patel Ahead of Dinesh Karthik 2nd T20I

India lost the second game of T20 against South Africa in the five T20I home series on 12th June. It was a disappointing performance by the Indian team, as they lost two consecutive games at home. Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer are the only consistently performing players till now. Kishan scored seventy-six runs in the first match and thirty-four in the second. Iyer scored thirty-six runs in the first game and forty in the second. 

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Axar Patel

Bhuvneshwar Kumar got four wickets in the 2nd T20I game against South Africa. The fans noticed a change in the batting lineup as Axar Patel entered the ground before Dinesh Karthik, prominent finisher. Plenty questioned the strategy of India and asked why Karthik wasn’t sent earlier. He penetrated the pitch in seventh place, unlike his earlier sixth position.

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IND vs SA: Shreyas Iyer on Why India Sent Axar Patel Ahead of Dinesh Karthik, 2nd T20I

Indian skipper Shreyas Iyer defended the strategy of the India team and stated, “It’s definitely something we have strategized earlier as well. We had seven overs left, and Axar Patel is someone who can take singles, who can keep rotating the strike.” He added during the post-match interview, “And we didn’t require someone to come in and start hitting from ball one at that point of time. Even DK can do that obviously, but DK has been a really good asset for us after fifteen overs where he can come and straightaway slog the ball.”

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Axar Patel

Leading with Axar Patel before Dinesh Karthik proved to be somewhat helpful. Karthik scored thirty runs in twenty-one balls, hitting two boundaries and two sixes.

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