Bengaluru: In the first six balls Ruturaj Gaikwad He scored two runs in the match played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday night. Nudges, pokes and disappears, he struggled to find rhythm before a short ball Kagiso Rabada Was pulled over the boundary of mid-wicket. But with the pacer’s slow off-cutter, the spark was extinguished after three deliveries. lungi ngidi,
The 25-year-old played a quick shot and put his hand dwayne pretorius A sitter at mid wicket. This was not the first time that the Maharashtra batsman faltered in the five-match T20I series against South Africa.
except 57 in Visakhapatnam, Gaikwad He doesn’t have much to show in his T20 International career, which is eight matches old.
About 11 months ago, Gaikwad won India’s T20 cap against Sri Lanka on the strength of his Indian Premier League show. In this series, the well-known man for Chennai Super Kings was provided an opportunity to cement his position in the Indian dressing room, but his performance raises a question or two.
With a bunch of Indian stars either taking a break or getting injured, Gaikwad should have counted in this series but the numbers tell the true story. Opening in all five innings of this series, Gaikwad scored 96 runs (9×4; 5×6) at an average of 19.20.
Gaikwad will be given a pat on the back given the pattern of his dismissals in this series. While the fast bowlers have been number one in all matches, Gaikwad has struggled with deliveries outside the off-stump. Gaikwad was also dismissed by Ngidi in the last match played in Rajkot on Friday night.
He was dismissed for five with a length delivery to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. In Cuttack, the venue of the second match, Gaikwad returned to the dugout in the opening over, dismissing Kagiso Rabada at backward point.
While IPL has earned wealth, runs and accolades, where does Gaikwad stand from the perspective of the national team? Head coach Rahul Dravid, however, clarified that he is not judging a player on the basis of performance in a series.
While there is no doubt on his talent and pedigree, when regular players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav make a comeback, it will be difficult for Gaikwad to make the playing line-up.