Keshav Maharaj, a left-arm spinner for South Africa, believes the Proteas must reconsider their strategy for dealing with the new ball after it swung “prodigiously” in the first few overs of the opening game against India.
In the first T20I here on Wednesday night, Indian pace bowlers Arshdeep Singh (3/32) and Deepak Chahar (2/24) swung the ball both ways to set up an eight-wicket victory for the hosts. South Africa’s batting unit collapsed.
“I don’t think it’s a chapter we need to dwell too much on. However, we do need to chat about how we started,” Maharaj said at the post-match press conference.
“The application we saw upfront, we need to re-assess that and find ways to combat the swing. The ball did swing prodigiously in the first couple of overs.”
A little modification and a shift in perspective, as per Maharaj, who led all scorers for the visitors with a 35-ball 41, might help them counteract the swing.