‘It wasn’t as if he conceded 22 runs in 1 over. Quite surprising for me’ | Cricket

Team India are back in action with a defeat at the hands of South Africa in the first T20I of the five-match series in Delhi. Despite a strong score of 211/4 in 20 overs, India, led by wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant, gave up five balls to spare with Rossi van der Dussen and David Miller in the run chase.

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Indian bowlers proved costly in the chase but one of the most surprising decisions in the game was the lack of bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal’s entire quota of overs. Chahal bowled just 2 overs until the 19th over of the match and was brought back in the final over when South Africa needed just four runs to win. The fact that Chahal, who is widely regarded as the highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded Indian Premier League of 2022, is in superb form has only added to the surprise surrounding his absence from the bowling attack.

Former India bowler Ashish Nehra, who coached the Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022, also criticized Pant.

“The opposition scored 212 and Chahal only bowled two overs. It was not like giving up 22 runs in a single over. You know the runs are flowing. Akshar Patel also bowled an over to left-handed David Miller. So it was very surprising to me that a bowler like Yuzvendra Chahal would bowl only two, ”Nehra said. Cricbuzz.

“Rossi van der Dussen was there too. Even though you were looking at left-right combination, you bowled Akshar Patel. So, I think you had to bowl to Chahal. When it started to hit, you had to bring Chahal, ”said the former India fast bowler.

In the first T20, Akshar Patel scored 1/40 in four overs, while Yuzvendra Chahal gave up 26 runs in 2.1 overs.


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