Dinesh Karthik-Rishabh Pant T20 World Cup 2022
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Former India National Cricket Team left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra, who is the head coach of the Gujarat Titans (GT) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), feels that the young wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant has got a good opportunity to shine with the bat in the second T20I against South Africa in the absence of star all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

The second match of the three-match T20I series between Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and Temba Bavuma-led South Africa National Cricket Team will be played at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday, October 2.

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Ashish Nehra
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Speaking to Cricbuzz ahead of the 2nd T20I, Nehra asserted that Pant, who is no longer India’s first-choice wicket-keeper in T20Is, will be the player to watch out for in the second T20I between India and South Africa.

“I would watch out for Rishabh Pant. He is bound to be in the playing XI now, he has a good chance with Hardik Pandya not being there. He has been in and out of the team as of late. Now if he also scores runs, that will be another plus point for India,” Nehra said.

Suryakumar Yadav would be the player to watch out for from India – RP Singh

KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav. PC- BCCI
PC- BCCI

While chasing a small 107-run target in the T20I series opener against South Africa, captain Rohit Sharma was cleaned up by Kagiso Rabada for a 2-ball duck and former captain, Virat Kohli was dismissed by Anrich Nortje for a 9-ball 3.

However, middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav batted brilliantly and added 93* runs with KL Rahul in 63 balls to help India clinch the win. Suryakumar smashed sensational 50 runs off 33 balls, including 5 fours and 3 sixes, and KL Rahul scored 51 runs off 56 balls, including 2 fours and 4 sixes.

Meanwhile, former India National Cricket Team pacer RP Singh said that Suryakumar Yadav and Quinton de Kock will be the players to watch for in the second T20I.

“Suryakumar Yadav would be the player to watch out for from India. Quinton de Kock from South Africa,” Singh added. 

Quinton de Kock
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