Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar wants a few Indian players to be given more opportunities in the coming matches.
South Africa eked out India in the final ODI match in Cape Town to win by four runs and sweep the series 3-0.
Deepak Chahar blazed 54 in India’s narrow defeat to South Africa in Cape Town
Deepak Chahar got a couple of wickets in the first innings, first he bowled an excellent outswinger to induce the outside edge of Janeman Malan behind the stumps.
Later in the innings, Chahar bowled one short-length delivery to Aiden Markram, which the batter pulled early towards Ruturaj Gaikwad (substitute fielder) near the deep mid-wicket region.
Chahar also scored a vaillant 54 from 34 balls, plundering five boundaries and a couple of sixes at the strike rate of 158.82. However, Chahar’s fighting knock wasn’t enough as India fell short by four runs in their chase of 288.
Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav made 39 runs from 32 balls at the strike rate of 121.88 while batting at No.6.
Karnataka pace bowler Prasidh Krishna returned with three wickets for 59 runs from his 9.5 overs.
Give them the feeling that now they should get more opportunities: Sunil Gavaskar
Chahar, Suryakumar and Prasidh were the replacements of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Venkatesh Iyer and Shardul Thakur. Gavaskar said these three players performed well in a limited opportunity and wants them to be given more matches in the team rather than making them warm the bench.
“They have only enhanced their claims by the way they played. Yes, it was a dead rubber but for them it was not. Because for them it was an opportunity to show what they are capable of,” Gavaskar said, as reported by Hindustan Times.
“And they knew South Africa would be very keen to have a complete sweep of the series. So that the pressure would be on them. And they came through very well. There is no question about it, which is the reason you need to invest in them more.
“Give them the feeling that now they should get more opportunities. That now they belong in the team rather than being made to sit in the dugout. So definitely these three names are ones that you need to look at for the future,” Gavaskar added.
India will play next against West Indies in three ODI matches and as many T20I series, the bilateral series begins on February 6 in Ahmedabad.