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India vs South Africa: Shoaib Akhtar says Team India need to change their T20 approach

India have performed below average in the T20 series against South Africa, who have already clinched the series 2-0. Though the first T20I in Dharamsala was a close match, the second T20I was clearly dominated by the South African team.

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes the Indian team are not playing with the proper combination in the shortest format of the game. The pacer even mentioned that India requires to give an opportunity for Ajinkya Rahane, who has been kept away from action in the series till now.

"The Indian team I believe needs to change their approach towards how they play T20 cricket and Dhoni should check the combinations that he is trying out. Ajinkya Rahane should play instead of Ambati Rayudu," Akhtar told ABP News.

Rahane has been consistent and has successfully played for Rajasthan Royals at the top of the order in the IPL, but India have Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli as number 1, 2 and 3, which makes it tough for the right-hander to make it to the starting eleven. Talking about the middle order, MS Dhoni may have a few reservations concerning Rahane as a finisher in the latter stages of the game.

Although, Rahane can be given an opportunity in the third and the dead rubber of a T20 match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday, at the expense of Shikhar Dhawan, who has not impressed in the series so far.

Akhtar also feels that other than Ravichandran Ashwin, there are no other bowlers, who can follow the Proteas batting order.

"There is no depth in the bowling attack. Once Ashwin bowls his quota of four overs, there isn't anyone, who could run through opposition batsmen. They don't even have the fast bowling to run through the batting line up. Indian team's drawback is fast bowling and the second spinner," said Akhtar.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma, who have not taken a single wicket in the series, are the two main seamers in the team. The South Africa batsmen have earlier played the faster bowlers with much ease. Akhtar believes that the Indian team requires Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami.

"With Mohammed Shami unfit and Umesh Yadav not selected, they don't have any inspiration," added Akhtar.

Although the result of the series is clear and decided, team India requires to prepare an upgraded level of quality performance in the third T20 as it will assist them to have confidence before they begin the ODI series, which commences on 11 October in Kanpur.

Photo courtesy: www.ibtimes.co.in

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