Ahead of the fourth T20I against South Africa in Rajkot on June 17, the Indian team is looking to replace Avesh Khan. Khan has had a tough series with the ball as he hasn’t picked a wicket in the series. In the three games he played, he has conceded 87 runs in 11 overs with an economy rate of 7.90 which is decent. However, his inability to take wickets might compel the team management to bench him.
After all, the team is playing a do-or-die game with them being trailing in the series by 1-2. They lost the lost first two games and were staring down the series defeat with two games to go. However, the hosts came back and registered a 48-run victory to keep the series alive. Now, they would be looking to level the series and take it to the decider on June 19.
This won’t be easy for the Men In Blue as the Proteas are looking like a well-oiled unit with them performing in all departments of the game. On the other hand, the Rishabh Pant-led side has played well in patches. The only time their bowling clicked when in Vizag, the bowlers were relentless with their bowling plans. The combination of Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal took seven wickets.
The team might replace Avesh Khan with Arshdeep Singh, who hasn’t played a game yet. Singh has the ability to bring the ball back into the right-handers with the new ball from the left-arm angle, which has troubled a lot of batters. The left-arm medium-pacer has also done well in the death-overs since making his debut in the Indian T20 League 2020 for Punjab. Not to forget, the team has the option of tearaway Umran Malik.
Malik took 22 wickets in the Indian T20 League 2022 for Hyderabad and got the maiden national call-up like Singh. The right-arm pacer has set the bar high with his disconcerting pace of late 150s. Recently, he clocked 163.3 kmph per hour while practicing in the nets.