Former pacer Zaheer Khan has unveiled his pick for India’s playing XI for the upcoming fourth T20I against South Africa, which will be played on June 17 at Rajkot. India trails 1-2 in the series and recently bagged their first win in Vizag after losing the first t20 matches in Delhi and Cuttack.
Talking about the Indian team’s playing combination, Zaheer Khan felt that now that they have won a match, he doesn’t think India will make any changes to the playing XI and will go in with an unchanged side for the 4th T20I.
He feels that if the management showed faith in the same team despite their first two losses, they shouldn’t tinker with the team that won them their previous game.
“I think so (on whether India will be unchanged). Unless there’s a forced change, they will not go down that route. If at all that route had to be taken, it was for this game (3rd T20I). If you showed that trust in your playing XI, backed them and got the desired result, then you wouldn’t want to change that unless the conditions are drastically different in favor of seam,” Khan said on Cricbuzz.
Zaheer further said that even if conditions in Rajkot aren’t favouring spinners, the team has an extra seam bowling option with the like of Hardik Pandya for India.
“Both teams have option of using 16 overs of seam. They would want to continue with the momentum that they have built,” he added.
Their Bowling Has Been Doing Pretty Well: Zaheer Khan On Changes South Africa Could Make
Not only did Zaheer Khan opine on changes that India might make to their playing XI, he also talked about changes that South Africa might make as a win here will hand them the series win.
The left-armer stated: “Their bowling has been doing pretty well, except for the first game where they had problem in execution and a bit of planning. Maharaj and Shamsi bowled well. Maharaj can contribute with bat as well.
They would like to go ahead with the two-spin theory in Indian conditions. If De Kock is fit, then the dilemma of the start that we spoke about will be solved and they will be happy.”
India will feel really good about themselves after that comprehensive win over South Africa in Visakhapatnam and will fancy themselves to level the series tomorrow.