Kohli and the Indian team management have requested BCCI to send Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini to South Africa for their net session prior to the 3rd test match. Indian team have already lost the series 2-0 but do not want to leave any stone unturned as they prepare for the 3rd and final test match in Johannesburg.
The SOS call to BCCI was made after the team management complained off not getting quality net bowlers from the South African board. The two players will reach South Africa just 2 days before the 3rd test hence they will not have much rest and are likely to be thrown into action just hours after getting there. Indian batsman have struggled hugely in this series, which is why they will be looking to fine-tune their technique that has been missing in the first 2 matches which India lost by 72 and 135 runs respectively.
“The team communicated to the selectors that they were not provided the help of quality net bowlers in South Africa. Hence, the arrangement has been made after the match.There may be just one Test left but the team doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned to better its performance,” a top BCCI official told TOI.
“The decision to send fresh net bowlers was mulled for a week. But the team management insisted on having its own bowlers. Thakur will stay over for the ODIs. As for Saini, his growth has been impressive and the selectors and the team management want to have a look at him in the nets,” he further added.
The Indian team took Mohammed Siraj, Ankit Rajpoot, and Basil Thampi to bowl in the nets in South Africa prior to the start of the series but they were sent back as soon as the 1st test match started. Shardul Thakur who is part of the ODI series following the culmination of the test series, will stay on with the team. While Navdeep Saini who has been very impressive in the domestic season will get a chance to show his talent in front of the Indian team and selectors.
Saini’s name was included even in the 1st set of bowlers that travelled with Indian team. However, due to Delhi presence in the semi-final and final of the Ranji Trophy, captain Gautam Gambhir insisted that the pacer stayed on with the Delhi team.