A 3-0 whitewash is never comforting. However, in the dark you can sometimes see particles of light.
Deepak Chahal’s re-emergence as a skilled rookie bowler who can also swing the bat effectively is a positive for India, even if it comes in the final thrilling match of.
Chahar is now what Bhuvneshwar Kumar looked like four years ago. He moves the ball in both directions with brisk speed, gets an early break, and hits the ball with bat and determination.
Competitive Chahal ticks the box for India in their search for a ‘complete’ squad for the 2023 ODI World Cup.
India’s search for a bowling all-rounder went nowhere as Hardik Pandya suffered a chronic back injury.
And Venkatesh Iyer, who deserves a longer run, is more of a hitter who can pitch at moderate speed with ease.
Conversely, if India can also pick out batting-effective seamers like Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar, then the team can still find balance and depth.
Of course, Jasprit Bumrah will give the offense an edge. India will be able to play deep if the seamers around him can make runs.
This is the era of shorter format “full cricket” where bowlers are expected to bat.
India missed Washington Sundar who underwent COVID-19 ahead of the series. Washington is stingy with his backspin and is a classy southpaw with footwork and timing.
The middle is a problem area for India, with Shreyas Iyer needing to score over 54 runs in three innings.
Virat Kohli had to rediscover the habit of winning games for India in the chase rather than playing attractive innings but was far from the goal.
Comeback man Shikhar Dhawan – India’s leading scorer with 169 in three matches – brings his southpaw talent and experience to the top.
But then, his partner, backup captain KL Rahul, had an underwhelming series. Once Rohit Sharma returns, Rahul may move to a mid-level role.
For South Africa, Janneman Malan, a classy top stroke maker, was the series finder, while Quinton de Kock reiterated why he was such a dangerous white-ball player with a whopping 229 runs in the series.
About to be captain, Rahul is still in the process. Given Rohit Sharma’s health issues, it’s hard to see him leading the nation in all three forms.
The explosive Rishabh Pant was brilliant one second and reckless the next. Would making him captain instill a sense of responsibility in this predator? This strategy works in cricket.