India was forced to wait after they were defeated by South Africa on Sunday in Perth, preventing them from securing a place in the 2022 T20 World Cup semifinals.
After Lungi Ngidi and the other South African pacers destroyed the Indian top five in the first 10 overs, Suryakumar Yadav’s masterful 68 off 40 balls helped India reach a score of 133/9 in their innings.
The Proteas crossed the finish line thanks to centuries from Aiden Markram and David Miller while India pushed South Africa to the limit in the chase.
South Africa was able to overtake India and take the top spot in the group table as a result.
Harbhajan Singh, a former Indian spinner, believes that although it is not time to panic, the team should think about switching up the opening lineup in light of KL Rahul’s ongoing difficulties. Rahul has been out of the game for single digit scores in three straight innings.
“They may have to take some tough calls, the team has to think about it going forward. KL Rahul is a great player, we all know that, he is a match winner. But if he is struggling with his form like this, I think you should bring in Rishabh Pant,” Harbhajan said on Sports Tak.
During the South African innings, wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik limped off, and Pant took his place behind the stumps.
According to Harbhajan, India can replace Karthik in the lower middle order with Deepak Hooda, giving the team an additional spin option, while Pant can remain the wicketkeeper.
“Karthik looks injured, I don’t know what his status is. If he is not, Rishabh Pant can open the innings with Rohit Sharma. You get a left-right combination like that. You can also bring in Deepak Hooda and he can even bowl a few overs,” he said.
Additionally, Yuzvendra Chahal should be substituted for Ravichandran Ashwin, according to Harbhajan, and leaving out the former was a mistake.
In the tournament, Chahal has yet to play a single game, and Ashwin ultimately gave up 43 runs in just four overs.