The Indian team, leaving behind the disappointment of the T20 World Cup, has won the T20 series against New Zealand at home and now the team’s eyes are on a clean sweep. In this match to be held at the famous Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Indian captain Rohit Sharma would now like to give a chance to the players who have not got a chance to play till now. This is Rohit’s first series after becoming a full-fledged T20 captain, in which he has won the toss in the first two matches. It has helped them take advantage of the situation and the bowlers and the batsmen have done well.
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Rohit had scored 264 runs in ODI cricket at the Eden Gardens itself and winning the first series 3-0 as captain here would be gold for him. Coach Rahul Dravid will be helped to adapt to his new role after such a stupendous win. Within a week of this, the Test series against New Zealand is going to start. Rohit and Dravid would now like to test the reserve players by giving them a chance. In case the sixth bowler is selected, Venkatesh Iyer can be bowled. Rituraj Gaikwad, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ishan Kishan will be hoping that the captain will give them a chance in this match.
Gaikwad, who won the Orange Cap in IPL 2021, can bat at any of the first three places. For this, captain Rohit or vice-captain KL Rahul will have to sit out. It would be accurate to drop Rahul as he has to play a Test series after four days. Similarly, Avesh Khan can be fielded in place of Deepak Chahar or Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Chahal can replace Axar Patel or Ravichandran Ashwin, while Kishan can be given a chance in place of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
India’s probable playing XI against New Zealand in the third T20: Rohit Sharma (captain), Rituraj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Mohammad Siraj.