SA vs IND: ‘Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form not a concern, we are playing ODIs after long time’ says Rishabh Pant;

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SA vs IND: ‘Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form not a concern, we are playing ODIs after long time’ says Rishabh Pant;

SA vs IND: Rishabh Pant, India’s wicketkeeper-batsman, said on Friday that Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form is not a concern. And that everyone in the team is aware of the pacer’s abilities.

South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in the second One-Day International. As a result to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Quinton de Kock (78) and Janneman Malan (91) rose to the occasion with the bat. With 37 points each, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram led South Africa. In the second ODI, Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave up 67 runs in eight overs without picking up a single wicket.

“We are always looking to improve. I do not think there is much concern about Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form. We are playing an ODI series after a long time. So we are just getting used to the momentum. We are disappointed to lose the series. But we are looking to learn from this,” said Pant during a virtual press conference.

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“Shardul batted well down the order in both the games, it is a positive for us. Venkatesh Iyer bowled for us today, there are a lot of positives that we can take from this series,” he added.

Earlier, India reached 287/6 in the allotted twenty overs, with Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul scoring 85 and 55 runs, respectively. Shardul Thakur and Ravichandran Ashwin both had useful undefeated innings of 40 and 25 runs, respectively. Tabraiz Shamsi returned with two wickets for the Proteas.

“I think the track was slightly on the slow side. I thought we had enough runs on this wicket, in the last game, batting was difficult in the second innings as the wicket got slower and slower. Today, it was the same but South Africa batted well in the middle phase and hence they were able to chase down the target,” said Pant.

“I and KL had a good partnership in the middle, if we would have carried on, we would have gotten 15-20 runs more to the total,” he added.

Moreover, the third and final ODI will be played on Sunday in Cape Town.

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