Wasim Jaffer (Credits: Twitter)
Wasim Jaffer (Credits: Twitter)

Wasim Jaffer, the former Indian opener and full-time cricket pundit feels Team India will have the upper hand over South Africa in the 5th T20I on Sunday. Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer believes the hosts will have an edge over the Proteas in the series decider after winning back-to-back two matches against the Temba Bavuma-led side.

Starting the series with impressive wins, Temba Bavuma-led South Africa defeated India by 7 wickets (1st T20I) and four wickets (2nd T20I) in the first two games of the bilateral series. Staging a stunning comeback, Rishabh Pant-led India upstaged the Proteas by 48 runs (3rd T20I) and 82 runs (4th T20I) to level the series 2-2.
Rishabh Pant (India) vs Temba Bavuma (South Africa)
Rishabh Pant (India) vs Temba Bavuma (South Africa) Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Wasim Jaffer Reckons India Will Have The Upper Hand In Bengaluru And South Africa Must Be Mentally Hurt

Speaking ahead of the series decider, former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer opined that the hosts will have the upper hand in the 5th T20I against the Proteas.
“India will have the upper hand in Bangalore because both their wins have been on big margins. South Africa must be mentally hurt that they lost so easily after winning the first two matches.
“There are some injury concerns as well with Bavuma and perhaps Marco Jansen being injured, Aiden Markram has also gone so I feel India has the upper hand for this match,” Wasim Jaffer said.
For South Africa, the talented batsman Aiden Markram missed out on the first 3 T20I games of the series against India after he had tested positive for Covid-19. But it was expected that he would be available for the final two T20I games, but the latest statement from CSA confirmed that Aiden Markram is ruled out of the T20I series.
Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram (Photo by CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP via Getty Images)
South Africa made as many as three changes to their playing 11 in the 4th T20I. The duo of pacers Marco Jansen and Lungi Ngidi have come in for the injured pacers Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell while Quinton de Kock returned after recovering from a wrist injury.
There also remains a shadow of doubt over the fitness of Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma, who retired hurt in the fourth T20I after an elbow injury. If Kagiso Rabada comes back for the final game, SA should sit Tabraiz Shamsi on the bench.
After all, Tabraiz Shamsi has just one wicket in 4 matches and is conceding over 10 runs per over. If skipper Temba Bavuma doesn’t make it to playing 11, Keshav Maharaj will be given a chance to lead the team.

Wasim Jaffer Thinks India Will Go Unchanged In The 5th Deciding T20I

Talking about the changes that India can make in its playing XI, Wasim Jaffer asserted that Deepak Hooda has the potential to replace Shreyas Iyer because the all-rounder batted at No. 3 in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. However, he observed that the hosts will remain unchanged for the series decider against the Proteas on Sunday.
“We were expecting some changes after the first two losses but India didn’t make any change so I don’t think any change will happen when they have won two matches.
“If we have to throw a name in the hat, it could be Deepak Hooda for Shreyas Iyer because he batted at No. 3 in the IPL as well and was successful as well. But the pattern the Indian team is playing in, I think we will see more continuity,” he added.
Wasim Jaffer. Image Credits: Twitter
Wasim Jaffer. Image Credits: Twitter
Rishabh Pant-led India will meet the Proteas in the series decider at the famous M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. Rishabh Pant-led Team India will aim for a stunning come-from-behind series win over South Africa in the 5th T20I on Sunday at Bengaluru on Sunday.
Under the leadership of the stand-in skipper, injury-hit India will be the favourites to secure the series when they meet South Africa in the 5th T20I at the famous M.Chinnaswamy Stadium.