Shreyas Iyer on Axar Patel Coming Out To Bat Before Dinesh Karthik: “Someone Who Can Take Singles”
In the second T20I, which India lost, Axar Patel batted ahead of Dinesh Karthik as South Africa took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
South Africa maintained their winning streak in the second T20I at Cuttack, defeating India by four wickets to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. and Henrich Klaasen scored 81 off 46 balls with 7 fours and 5 sixes to enable the Proteas to chase down 149 with 10 balls to spare. During India’s innings, Axar Patel has promoted ahead of Dinesh Karthik, a move that backfired and drew criticism from Twitter. Batter Shreyas Iyer explained the choice in a post-game press conference, saying that the necessity of the hour was to rotate strikes rather than hitting fours and sixes.
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Axar was removed by Anrich Nortje in the 17th over of the innings after scoring 10 runs off 11 balls.
So Dinesh Karthik stayed unbeaten on 30 off 21 balls, and his effort was important in India passing the 140-run threshold.
“As you can see, it’s something we discussed earlier as well. We just had seven overs remaining, and Axar Patel is someone who can take singles and keep the strike moving. So we didn’t need someone to come in and start hammering from ball one right away. DK, too, can do that, but after 15 overs, where he can come in and immediately slog the ball. DK has proven to be a valuable weapon for us “During a post-match news conference, Shreyas added.
“Even he was having trouble getting started today. The wicket was crucial in today’s game! and I believe that’s a tactic we’ll employ in the next game as well; it’s what we’ve been prospering on. We’ve done this move plenty of times in the prior games, so yeah, it’s one of those days “He went on to say.
South Africa won the toss in the second T20I and chose to bowl. In 20 overs, India scored 148/6, with Shreyas Iyer top-scoring with 40.
On 30 off 21 balls, Dinesh Karthik stayed undefeated. Anrich Nortje returned with two wickets for South Africa.
Even with Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s four wickets, India was unable to defend the target.
On Tuesday, India and South Africa will face off in the third T20I.