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Despite an average of 10.50, ex-South Africa skipper sees Rajat Patidar playing in Dharamshala

Despite an average of 10.50, ex-South Africa skipper sees Rajat Patidar playing in Dharamshala

IND vs ENG: So far, in the series, Rajat Patidar has managed a highest-score of 32, that too in the Rajkot Test.

India batsman Rajat Patidar might have been poor with the bat so far in the IND vs ENG Test series, but there’s a high possibility that the team management persists with the youngster for the Dharamshala match as well. Or so feels former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers, and the latter has a solid reason for it as well.

The Indian team, under Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma has created a culture where the new players are given time and space to shine. For the record, Patidar has scored only 63 runs in three Tests so far, at an average of 10.

“Rajat Patidar not having the series of a lifetime or the one to remember. But the good thing about this Indian team and the culture is that you will survive in that side because of the great cricket they are playing and the results coming their way,” de Villiers said on his YouTube channel.

“If Patidar’s attitude is catchy and if he is a likable character in the dressing room, Rohit and the selection panel will have the ability to say, ‘Hold on, we do believe this guy has a future and we see him as a part of the team moving forward. Even though he hasn’t been scoring runs, let’s give him a longer run’.”

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