Virat Kohli Says There Was Confusion Between Rishabh Pant & Shreyas Iyer For No 4 Batting Position, Indian Skipper Reveals in Post-Match Press Conference
Indian Cricket Team skipper Virat Kohli revealed there was confusion for No 4 batting position between wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. Kohli said this thing in the post-match presentation India vs South Africa 3rd T20I match which Men in Blue lost by nine wickets as they were unable to defend the target of 135 runs. When India lost their third wicket of Shikhar Dhawan, who made 36 runs from 25 balls, both Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer started to march for batting. However, Pant reached first at the pitch while Shreyas Iyer all geared up could just see him from the sightscreen. Virat Kohli Has His Say on Batting First Against South Africa in 3rd T20I 2019, Says ‘Wanted to Come Out of Comfort Zone’
Virat Kohli said that this was not the plan, as Shreyas Iyer was supposed to bat ahead of Pant. However, the miscommunication between the Team management and players created the confusion. Virat Kohli at that time was on the crease when Dhawan got dismissed. Virat Kohli Admits That India Failed to Read the Tempo of the Game, After Defeat Against South Africa in 3rd T20I 2019.
Kohli further reveals that there could have been a funny situation if both batsmen would have reached the pitch together. The plan was to sent Shreyas Iyer before Pant because the team wanted the wicket-keeper to come out after 10 overs and score some quick valuable runs. The plan was in place but it wasn't properly executed. India vs South Africa 3rd T20I 2019 Live Cricket Score Updates: Quinton de Kock Reach Multiple Milestones; SA Level Series With 9 Wickets Victory.
Speaking about Indian team batting performance, they failed to perform on tough batting condition. The 2nd T20I hero Virat Kohli also scored only 9 runs, while Pant made 19 off 20 deliveries and Iyer 5 runs off 8 balls. India managed to score only 134/9 in 20 overs, which South Africa chased down comfortably in just 16.5 overs. Proteas skipper Quinton de Kock played a blistering knock of 79 runs from 52 balls. With this victory, South Africa ended the 3 matches T20I series by 1-1.