Former Indian wicketkeeper Saba Karim believes India’s inability to pick up wickets in the middle overs resulted in a 31-run defeat in the opening match of the ODI series. Former selector feels bowlers who can take wickets should be included in the side.
He pointed out how the Proteas batters neutralized the threat of Indian spinners.
“We need to have bowlers who can pick wickets in the middle overs. Our two wicket-taking options, Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal, didn’t know where to bowl after the South Africa batters started to use the sweep and the reverse sweep against them.
Both R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal conceded 53 runs each from their quota of 10 overs. While Ashwin dismissed Quinton de Kock, Chahal went wicketless.