Parthiv Patel, the former India wicket-keeper believes that Avesh Khan might be the bowler who will have to make way for Arshdeep Singh through no fault of his own. The right-arm pacer is yet to pick up a wicket in the ongoing 5 matches T20I series against South Africa and has conceded 52 runs in seven overs.
India might be leaning towards a change in the bowling attack following consecutive defeats in Delhi and Cuttack. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar spearheading the attack and Harshal Patel being the primary death bowler, Avesh Khan’s place in the playing XI might be in jeopardy for the third T20I in Vishakapatnam.
Parthiv Patel: Avesh Khan Might Be Dropped For 3rd T20I And Make Way For Arshdeep Singh
India went in with Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Harshal Patel as their three seamers with Hardik Pandya being the fourth option but none of them were really able to trouble the South African batters in both T20Is.
Opining that Avesh Khan has not done anything specifically wrong so far, Parthiv Patel said: “Avesh Khan will likely be the bowler who will have to make way for Arshdeep. But, if you think about it, Avesh Khan has not done anything that should get him dropped. Sometimes, the low-hanging fruit is targeted once a team loses a match.”
Arshdeep Singh, who was one of the players to watch out for in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 campaign, received his maiden call-up after the tournament. His exploits in the death overs for the Punjab Kings (PBKS) did not go unnoticed by the selection committee.
Opining that the inclusion of the 22-year-old pacer will give the bowling attack a lot more variety, Parthiv Patel said: “Every player in the squad deserves their place, they have played good cricket to get here. Arshdeep is a good option since he gives you variety as a left-arm bowler. You will get two specialist death bowlers at death in Harahal Patel and Arshdeep Singh. It will be easier for the captain as well. He can give more overs to Axar and Chahal in the middle overs. “
The left-arm pacer was not heavily involved in wickets during IPL 2022. However, he recorded an economy of 7.70, with most of his overs coming at the back end of the innings. In the 2022 IPL season, Arshdeep Singh took 10 wickets in 14 games with an economy rate of 7.70 and an average of 38.50.
The young pacer Arshdeep Singh played 3 matches for Punjab Kings in the 2019 season and was retained by the franchise ahead of the 2020 IPL auction. A year later, Arshdeep Singh continued his rise and went on to enjoy a fine run of form, taking his IPL wicket tally to 30 from 23 matches, leading PBKS to retain him ahead of the TATA IPL 2022 auction.
The tall bowler is known to use his 6’3” frame to his advantage. He picked 18 scalps in IPL 2021 in 12 games averaging a mere 19 last season. So far, he has 40 scalps in 37 games averaging 26.35 with a best of 5/32.
Parthiv Patel: India Should Bat With An Aggressive Approach And Batters Should Convert Starts To Impactful Knocks
The Men In Blue struggled to get going on a sluggish surface at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack during the second T20I. A total of 148 did not suffice as the Proteas chased it down in the penultimate over to amass a 2-0 lead over the hosts in the five-match series.
Opining that the batters will have to convert their starts by all means, Parthiv Patel said: “India don’t have any choice now, they will have to win the remaining games. An aggressive approach is needed once the pitch is assessed. Now if a batter has scored 20-30 runs, you expect them to convert it to 70-80 runs.”
India will take on South Africa in the third T20I of the five-match series later today (June 14) in Vishakapatnam. After the third T20I in Vizag on June 14th, the remaining two matches of the series will be played in Rajkot (June 17) and Bengaluru (June 19).