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“X-Issue That India Require”: Former South Africa Skipper Graeme Smith On India Star | Cricket Information

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The five-match T20I sequence between India and South Africa led to a 2-2 stalemate after the sequence decider in Bengaluru was deserted resulting from rain. Solely 3.3 overs had been attainable within the recreation, wherein India posted 28/2 with Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad again within the hut. A day after the sequence ended, former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith highlighted the largest positives for Crew India and he was stuffed with reward for Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya.

Smith additionally labelled Hardik because the “X-factor” all-rounder that India require to carry stability to the crew. Within the sequence, Hardik Pandya registered 117 runs. Nonetheless, with the ball in hand, he was not capable of take a single wicket.

Alternatively, the 37-year-old Dinesh Karthik returned with 92 runs, out of which 55 got here within the fourth T20I in Rajkot.

“Nonetheless a variety of cricket is to be performed so it’s tough to foretell what will occur within the subsequent couple of months however you’ll suppose that Hardik Pandya and DK are integral to that squad. DK is skilled with that ending function that he has performed. Hardik has grown leaps and bounds and is in command of his recreation,” Smith stated on the YouTube channel of Cricket.com.


“Mentally he appears like he has settled. He is aware of methods to go about his work and he’s additionally that all-rounder X-Issue that India require to simply stability the crew with him and Jadeja within the squad which opens up a variety of choices, with these two all-rounders. So, I am unable to see that these two not making it to the 15 (World Cup squad)” he added.

Hardik will subsequent be main Crew India within the upcoming two-match T20I sequence in opposition to Eire, starting June 26. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will function his deputy for the sequence.

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