India may have won the recent T20I series against South Africa 2-1 but if the team had performed better in the third T20I, it could have been a historical 3-0 whitewash.
There were three main players who did not perform up to their potential in the final game of the series. Although they are good players in the shortest format of the game, in crunch situations, they fail to live up.
That’s why South Africa’s bowlers were all over the Men in Blue at Indore where each bowler got a wicket.
Rilee Rossouw was the star for the visitors as he notched up his ton with Quinton de Kock playing second fiddle.
In response, India was 178 all out and lost the game by 49 runs.
Three players who proved to be a disappointment for India were-
Firstly, Shreyas Iyer failed to grab the opportunity that was awarded to him in the third T20I.
Iyer came in after the quick departure of Rohit Sharma but could last only four balls and making just a solitary run.
Shreyas looked uncomfortable in the middle and was almost out on several attempts before Wayne Parnell finally got him LBW.
India will most probably not be too dependent on Iyer in Australia. But, he was sharp in the field with his ground fielding and throwing.
Secondly, Harshal Patel was very expensive in the last T20I as he gave away 49 runs.
There were however two opportunities for the pacer to pick up a couple of wickets but the ball just zipped past the fielders.
After his recovery from injury, Harshal is not looking the same as he was before.
Harshal still has a lot of pressure on his shoulders in the absence of Bumrah.
Thirdly, it is Indian skipper Rohit Sharma who is currently not having a good run of form in T20Is.
He is playing some good shots to give India a good start but has not been able to play a big inning.
However, India is not too concerned about Rohit’s performance as they know he plays well on the big stage. Still, they would’ve liked it if Rohit could have made a couple of good scores before the mega event.
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