New Delhi: With a dominating win against South Africa in the final ODI of the three-match series, India secured their fifth consecutive series victory in the format.
The most interesting part of the series was that it provided many opportunities to many Indian players who remain out of the limelight like Ishan Kishan, Mohammed Siraj, Shreyas Iyer, and Shubman Gill.
Sanju Samson in bright light after ODI series
The series has also brought light to the career of Sanju Samson who was ignored from the grand plan of the T20 World Cup despite being in the squad till August.
Moreover, all these players have put pressure on the ‘regulars’ of Team India who are fighting to save their spot in the playing eleven. One of them could be Rishabh Pant who continues to make mistakes with the bat.
Dale Steyn chooses Ishan Kishan to replace Rishabh Pant
Speaking on Pant, former South Africa cricketer Dale Steyn has backed Kishan to replace him in the near future.
Interestingly Kishan was Rishabh’s captain during the 2016 ICC Under 19 World Cup, but Pant boosted his game to get himself into the Indian team.
“A 100 percent. I actually played with him a bit way back in the IPL. He seemed like a baby. We nicknamed him Justin Bieber because he was like this absolute rockstar. I’ve watched him go and get better. For a short and small man, he packs an incredible punch. These sixes odd Nortje aren’t small. They’re pure timing and muscle. And just the ability to recognize when to take on the bowler… he is a great player and guys in that Indian team… Rishabh Pant should be worried that someone is coming for his spot,” said Dale Steyn.
After the match, Dhawan said, “I am proud of the boys, the way they played in the series. The way they carried the responsibility and showed maturity. Would like to thank the support staff. We showed a lot of character in the first game, we dropped a few catches, but we never really put pressure on ourselves. We tried to stick to the process. I am enjoying the journey; I’ll try to keep performing well for my team. The boys showed great character on such tough batting pitches.”