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Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja[photo: Twitter]

Indian player Dinesh Karthik feels that the Indian team is missing the services of Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja after India lost the ODI series to South Africa on Friday.

After a thumping win by 31 runs in the first ODI, South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in the second match to seal the three-match ODI series with an unassailable lead of 2-0.

South Africa won the ODI series with a 2-0 lead against India

Rishabh Pant’s 85 from 71 balls and an unbeaten 48-run stand between Shardul Thakur (40*) and Ravichandran Ashwin (25*) helped India post a monumental score of 287/6 in the first innings.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Image: Twitter)

But the Indian bowlers failed to hold the opponents batters as Proteas openers Quinton de Kock (78) and Janneman Malan (91) put up a dignified partnership of 132 runs.

After the openers were sent back to the dugout, South Africa’s middle-order comprised of skipper Temba Bavuma (35), Aiden Markram (37) and Rassie van der Dussen (37) ensured the hosts romped home with a seven-wicket win in 48.1 overs.

We are missing Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja: Dinesh Karthik

Indian wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik said that India missed both Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja in their role of an all-rounder. Karthik feels the new spin pair of Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal could be complemented by Washington Sundar in future.

“I think we are missing two key all-rounders here, and all-rounders are worth their weight in gold. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. Once they come in, the dynamic of this team will look very different. Hardik at six and Jadeja at seven will look very different,” Karthik said on Cricbuzz.

Dinesh Karthik-WTC Final (Photo Credit:Sky Sports)
Dinesh Karthik-WTC Final (Photo Credit: Sky Sports)

Chahal is the best wrist spinner in India right now. He will be the bowler in the World Cup as well. So we have spin attack solved with him, R Ashwin and you can also throw Washington Sundar,” he added.

South Africa and India will move from Paarl to Cape Town to play the final ODI match of the series at the Newlands on Sunday (January 23). India will hope to avoid the white-wash by ending their tour with a victory.

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