Indian Cricket Team is all set to lock horns against South Africa for the 3 Match ODI Series. India has already qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 as they are the hosts. This ODI Series is a part of the ODI Super League which would be crucial for South Africa.
India has taken a good step by naming inexperienced players in the squad. One of them is Rajat Patidar who dazzled in IPL 2022 and made a case for himself. The right-handed batter has shown some brutal striking ability that can stun any bowling line up.
Rajat Patidar On Getting Selected
Rajat Patidar was seen praising IPL for his selection. “That IPL knock was a turning point for me. All this feels like a dream to me.” said Patidar.
Dinesh Karthik had congratulated Rajat Patidar after getting selected and then the batter made some interesting comments: “I saw his tweet congratulating me. That tweet made me feel very happy and helped me build confidence because I’ve played in the IPL with Dinesh Karthik. He’s like an idol for me. He’s been playing for India for so many years and seeing him tweet about me, made me feel really good.” he added.
Watch: Rajat Patidar’s interaction after getting named in the squad
From turning dreams into reality, learning from @imVkohli & @ABdeVilliers17 to getting appreciated by @DineshKarthik. 🙌 🙌 #TeamIndia @rrjjt_01 sums up his incredible journey ahead of the #INDvSA ODI series. 👌 👌 – By @ameyatilak
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 5, 2022
Tough Road for Rajat Patidar
We should remember that there’s a difference between IPL and International Cricket. It doesn’t mean that Rajat won’t succeed but first of all he needs to get acclimatized to the pace and bounce. The batter would be aware that India call up doesn’t come too often as there are lots and lots of players waiting in the wings.
It would be interesting to see whether the batter gets a game and at what position he bats as he is someone who has tasted success at the top of the order. The management may use him at the lower order as he can be a pinch hitter for the team and play handy cameos for the team.