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AB de Villiers Backs Rajat Patidar Amid Criticism, Urges India To Persist
By CricShots - Mar 1, 2024 3:22 pm
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Rajat Patidar has faced criticism for his lackluster performance in the ongoing Test series against England, managing only 63 runs at an average of 10.5 across three matches. As calls for his exclusion from the squad grow louder, former South African batting maestro AB de Villiers has voiced his support for Patidar, urging the Indian team to persist with the middle-order batter.

Rajat Patidar
Rajat Patidar 

Speaking on his YouTube channel, De Villiers highlighted the resilience and positive team culture within the Indian squad. He emphasized that Patidar’s attitude and likeable character, coupled with the team’s belief in his potential, should be considered when making decisions about his future in the side.

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“Rajat Patidar not having the series of a lifetime or 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,” expressed AB de Villiers.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers

He further added, “If his attitude is catchy and if he is a likeable 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.”

Acknowledging the remarkable team culture in the Indian squad, De Villiers commended their ability to have different players step up when needed. Despite Patidar’s current struggle with the bat, AB de Villiers sees the potential for him to make a significant contribution if given the chance.

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As India and England prepare for the fifth and final Test in Dharamsala, De Villiers highlighted that there are still crucial World Test Championship points at stake, indicating that the match remains important despite the series being decided.