- Oct 4, 2023
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India and South Africa are all set to lock horns with each other in the penultimate fixture of the five-match T20I series. The match will be played at Rajkot’s Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on June 17 (Friday). As of now, the visitors are leading the series with a score line of 2-1.
Rishabh Pant’s men made a stellar comeback in the third T20I of the series with a 48-run-win over the visitors. The Indian team is looking forward to level the series against South Africa by winning the fourth of the five-match T20I series.
There have been talks and discussions among the experts about the possible playing XI of India in the second-last match of the series. Recently, Ex-Indian selector Saba Karim has also opined on the possibilities of change in the hosts’ playing XI.
Karim, in an interaction with India News, said that the Indian team is feeling the pressure to claim a series win at this point. And, thus, India are unlikely to make a change in their playing XI.
“The game in which Bhuvneshwar and Harshal Patel conceded more than 40 runs, Avesh gave away around 30-35. I would like to see every player in the squad getting a chance but the pressure of winning a series is so high on the coach and captain that they usually don’t for any change. The aim is to select a team that could win you the game; unless there is a forced change to the line-up due to an injury or any other reason,” Karim was quoted as saying to India News.
“Rahul Dravid’s mentality has always been to ensure a player’s security in the team. Even if he’s resting a somebody, it happens after proper communication and a valid reason is given to him. But as of now, since the pressure of winning the series is high, I don’t see any change in the bowling unit,” he added later.