AB De Villiers Backs Rajat Patidar to Retain Place in Indian Test Team

AB De Villiers Backs Rajat Patidar to Retain Place in Indian Test Team

Legendary South African cricketer AB De Villiers has expressed his belief that Rajat Patidar, despite his disappointing performances in the ongoing Test series against England, could retain his place in the Indian team due to the team’s supportive culture.

In a recent video on his YouTube channel, De Villiers praised the team culture fostered by skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid, which he believes provides young players with the time and space to regain their form.

“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.

Patidar, who has averaged just 10.5 in his Test career so far, has struggled to make an impact in the ongoing series. However, De Villiers believes that the team’s success could allow them to be more patient with the young batter.

“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’,” De Villiers explained.

De Villiers also emphasized the importance of giving young players opportunities to learn and grow, even when they are not performing at their best.

“You need to give these guys a chance to learn and grow. You can’t just throw them in the deep end and expect them to swim. You need to give them a life jacket and help them along the way,” he said.

India will face England in the fifth and final Test match of the series in Dharamsala starting March 7. It remains to be seen whether Patidar will be retained in the team, but De Villiers’ comments suggest that he has the support of the team management and could be given another chance to prove his worth.