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ICC T20 World Cup 2022: Why Rohit Sharma chose Deepak Hooda instead of Axar Patel in the match against South Africa


Team India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bat against South Africa in a Group 2 T20 World Cup match at Perth Stadium, Perth. India, having played a few friendlies in Perth prior to the tournament, has some idea about the pitch, which was the reason for Rohit’s quick decision on Sunday.

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The Men in Blue currently top the points list in Group 2, while the Proteas are placed third with one win and one draw due to rain.

India made one change in their XI of the last match when Deepak Hooda got a chance instead of Axar Patel. South Africa have some good left-handers on their side, which could be the reason for the management’s decision to drop Axar.

The pitch will also help the bowlers and the inclusion of Hooda will bolster India’s batting lineup.

Axar Patel played the first two games for India in the Super 12 stage. The left spinner leaked 21 runs into the lone left he threw against Pakistan and ran out after being promoted to at bat at number 5.

However, Axar bounced back against the Netherlands in India’s 2nd win at the tournament, taking 2/18 in his 4-over period.

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However, India chose to omit Axar Patel and bring in Deepak Hooda, who can bowl off-spin handily. India’s decision is ostensibly to avoid using Axar against South Africa’s left-handed batters in a bid to top the game’s match-ups.

India has two off spinners including specialist Ravichandran Ashwin for their crunch play in Perth.

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