India vs South Africa 2022, 2nd T20I: Bowlers must seize the opportunity for India | Cricket News



CUTTACK: Just as the Indian team led by Rishabh Pant stepped onto the turf at Barabati Stadium on Saturday afternoon for their training session ahead of the second T20I, the setting sun crept through the overcast conditions. Trailing 0-1 in the five-match series after losing the opener in charge despite a record 211 scoreline, the substitute skipper didn’t have the best start in front of his home crowd in New Delhi.
With the new bowling department coming up against an in-form South African batting squad, particularly the duo of David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen, Pant is hoping to leave the floor with a smile on Sunday night. . But for that to happen, they have to pull themselves together in the bowling department, run by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the absence of Bumrah and Shami.
Bhuvi has his task as a senior professional in the bowling unit which includes youngsters like Avesh Khan, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi in addition to Harshal Patel, Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal. Bhuvi is well aware of his role as a leader among young people.


“Yes, in their absence (Shami, Bumrah), I try to take responsibility, focus on improving every game before going to the T20 World Cup,” the designer said.
“As a bowling unit, we had a day off, but that’s okay. We just want to come back to the next game. We are aware that we did not play well in the first game. So we hope to improve, play well and even the series. We still have four matches to go,” said Bhuvneshwar.

Bhuvi himself didn’t have a good game in Kotla. The bowlers’ inability to defend 211 will have team management and the captain wondering whether to make some changes as IPL finds Umran and Arshdeep waiting in the wings.
Bhuvi sidestepped the question with a cheeky smile saying, “Coach and captain are in a better position to answer that question.” However, bowlers will need to keep the trio of Miller, Dussen and Quinton de Kock – who also had a great IPL but couldn’t convert the start in the first T20 – under control.

It’s too early to assess his abilities as a skipper, but Pant’s decision not to beat IPL purple cap holder Chahal with his full quota has already raised eyebrows. However, Bhuvi backed Pant saying, “He’s a young captain and it was his first game. I’m sure he will try to do better and improve as the series progresses. Usually the captain is as good as the team.
Blaming the loss on the bowling attack, Bhuvneshwar said: “Our bowling didn’t go well and took him down. If we had done well, you would have praised Pant’s decision-making skills. I’m sure he’ll be fine.



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