The Indian team’s 12-match unbeaten streak in the shortest format of the game came to an end when the Rishabh Pant-led side suffered a seven-wicket loss against South Africa in the first T20I match of the series on Thursday. And after the loss, many former cricketers and experts have started giving their opinion on the selection of the Indian team. Former Indian cricketer Rohan Gavaskar also recently opened up about India’s performance in the first T20I against South Africa and the possible combination of Team India in the next match.
Gavaskar was asked whether Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, former skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul would have to implement the same batting strategy after their return to the Indian team.
“I think they need to do that and having said that, I think they have the ability to do that. When you talk about Virat and Rohit, you are talking about the greats of this generation. I am talking, absolutely full of talent and potential, it is just mindset. It is just a matter of generation,” Gavaskar replied during an interaction on Sports18.
Analyzing the Indian team’s loss against South Africa, Gavaskar said that the Indian innings followed a better template than the Proteas. according to the former India The all-rounder Men in Blue’s template was “top notch.”
“Now, it’s a great T20 innings. In fact, all I would say is that our T20 innings was better than South Africa’s T20 innings even though South Africa won. This is how you want your team to play. South Africa won just because they had excellent performance from David Miller. But as a template, ours was top notch,” the 46-year-old all-rounder further explained.
Batting first, the Indian team scored a solid score of 211/4 in 20 overs. During the run chase, South Africa faced an early threat in the third over of the innings in the form of their captain Temba Bavuma (10 runs from eight balls). Later, Rassie van der Dussen (75 not out off 46 balls) and David Miller (64 not out off 31 balls) put on a strong partnership of 131 runs to help their team score the winning runs with five balls to spare.