Dhawan Leads India Cricket Team To Win Over South Africa Cricket Team In ODI 2022 Series
The India cricket team chased the 100-run target without much trouble. Shubman Gill led the chase with his 49 to reach 105/3 in 19.1 overs.
While India cricket team fans are overjoyed with their victory with a team full of young guns, the South Africa cricket team is worried about their direct qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
Here are the main talking points of the ODI 2022 series finale:
South Africa Cricket Team Fail To Enter Triple Digits
The hosts did not make any impact with their performances since winning the opening game of the series comprehensively. They went on to lose the next two games, resulting in a series loss.
This time around, they succumbed to the India cricket team’s bowler for only 99 runs which is their fourth-lowest score ever in the history of their ODI games, and lowest against the India cricket team.
Their second-lowest total against the India cricket team came in 1999 in Nairobi where they were bundled out for 117 in 48 overs, and their third-lowest score was in 2018 at Centurion where they were bowled out for 118, thanks to Yuzvendra Chahal’s 5/22.
David Miller, who was the stand-in captain for the game, was in sheer disappointment with his and the team’s performance at the post-game interview.
"Didn't help to score just 99. A disappointing result to finish off the series in that way,” he said. “There was a bit of spin, and it was two-paced, it was tacky as it was under covers due to the rain. We were really good in certain areas, we managed to find our feet. We just need to extend the good periods when it comes to ODIs."
Heinrich Klaasen was the sole resistance with his 42-ball 34. The only six of the South Africa cricket team innings came from the bat of Marco Jansen.
India Cricket Team's Yadav And Siraj Confuse Batsmen
In absence of the India cricket team’s key members of the pace cartel such as Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Jasprit Bumrah, Muhammad Siraj turned up at his best just like he did in the historic Test series win at Gabba.
The right-arm quick picked two wickets for 17 in his five overs and lifted the Player of the Tournament trophy for his consistent performance throughout the three games.
He was well supported by Avesh Khan who conceded only eight runs in his five overs, keeping the runs dry for the visitors during his spell.
While Siraj stood head and shoulders above other pacers, it was Kuldeep Yadav who rolled back the years and re-announced himself on his return to the international arena. He picked four wickets to earn the Man of the Match award.
He helped clean up the South Africa cricket team’s tail in a jiffy, dismissing Andile Phehlukwayo, Jansen, Anrich Nortje, and Imaad Fortuin.
In the post-game ceremony, the left-arm spinner said that he is not overthinking about the result and just focusing on what factors he can control in his performance.
“My next target is to perform well in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament,” Yadav added.
Is The India Cricket Team's Dhawan Physique A Cause For Concern?
While Shikhar Dhawan’s captaincy raised no eyebrows, his batting form certainly has.
The left-handed batter entered double digits in only the second ODI. His scores in the series were 4, 13, and 8.
Dhawan has proven that he has what it takes to lead what is practically a young team when Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and other juggernauts are away preparing for other tournaments or taking a rest.
But to sustain in the circuit he will have to back his captaincy with his bat flow as well.
He has been superb in the Indian Premier League in the last few seasons and needs to replicate the IPL’s antics and carry on to bat like the way he opened the innings with Shubman Gill in Zimbabwe on the last tour.
India Cricket Team's Iyer Delivers The Goods Again
Shreyas Iyer has been phenomenal since returning from his shoulder injury a good few months ago. He has made ODIs his forte and backed it with his performance.
He remained unbeaten in the low-scoring chase, finishing off the game with a huge six at 28*.
His place in the 2023 World Cup is certain if he continues to bat the way he is. The IPL star can be used either at number 4 or 5, depending on where the management plays Suryakumar Yadav or Deepak Hooda.
He now averages 48 in his 30 ODI 2022 series innings. For his 1,299 runs scored across the format so far, he registered an average strike rate of 98.5.
Only former SA captain AB de Villiers had both a better average and strike rate than Iyer in ODIs (minimum 1,000 runs).
Proteas Are All Over The Place In ODI 2022 Series
South Africa cricket team has been off the radar throughout the radar, but the way they were blown away in the ODI 2022 series despite not coming across the preferable XI of the India cricket team shows that they have some deep concerns.
After Temba Bavuma was not played following failures in T20Is and the opening one-day game, Keshav Maharaj was made the skipper, but then it was David Miller who led the side in the final game.
This meant that SA had three different captains in three separate games.
The Protea's management needs to define the roles, stick with them and back their players so that they have confidence while playing as well, which was seemingly invisible in the final two games.
Different leaders bring with them different mindsets and game plans and hopping from one to another captain does not seem to help any team in any sport.
Players like Janeman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, and Klaasen are in their peak forms and the management needs to leverage their golden touch to win games.
Once Russie Van Dussen returns to the huddle after recovering from his injury, the team will become a stronger unit and should be ready to take on bigger challenges under a permanent leader.
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