AB de Villiers Weighs in on Rajat Patidar’s Form

Former South African skipper AB de Villiers has offered insights into India’s potential decision regarding Rajat Patidar’s struggling form in the ongoing Test series against England. Despite Patidar’s meager contributions of 63 runs in three Tests, de Villiers believes India might persist with the batsman due to his positive attitude and likable character.

The Patidar Conundrum

Rajat Patidar’s lackluster performance, averaging just 10.5 in the series, contrasts sharply with his prolific domestic cricket and India A record. However, with India securing the series at 3-1, de Villiers suggests the team could extend Patidar’s opportunity. In a video on his YouTube channel, de Villiers emphasized the significance of attitude and character in the Indian dressing room.

“If his 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,'” de Villiers remarked.

Rahul’s Absence Creates a Dilemma

With KL Rahul ruled out of the fifth Test in Dharamshala, India faces a crucial decision. The spotlight is now on whether to persist with Patidar or explore other options, potentially handing a debut to Devdutt Padikkal.

Insights into India’s Team Culture

De Villiers also praised India’s team culture, commending the diverse contributions from various players in critical moments, particularly in the Ranchi Test. He highlighted the emergence of both experienced players like Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav and younger talents like Dhruv Jurel and debutant Akash Deep.

“It’s just incredible how these guys keep on performing, and it’s not always the same guys, which tells me there’s a really good culture in this team, keeping in mind the youngsters coming through as well. There has got to be a good culture in the team if you get youngsters and different players to stand up every time,” de Villiers noted.

The WTC Points Battle

While the series is already sealed, both India and England still have 12 World Test Championship (WTC) points up for grabs in Dharamshala. The final Test, set to commence on March 7, adds an additional layer of significance as the teams look to bolster their positions in the championship standings.

In conclusion, India faces a critical decision regarding Rajat Patidar’s future in the team, with de Villiers emphasizing the intangibles of attitude and likability alongside on-field performance. As the series concludes, all eyes will be on Dharamshala to see how India navigates this pivotal moment in team selection.

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