new Delhi. Under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, the Indian team would like to start the year 2023 with a win. The 3-match T20 series between India and Sri Lanka (IND vs SL) is starting from 3 January. This is also the first series of the year for both the teams. Senior players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have been rested from the T20 series. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shubman Gill would like to secure a place in the team by performing well in the T20 series. In last year’s Vijay Hazare Trophy, Rituraj made a lot of headlines by hitting 7 sixes in an over. There will be maximum attention on 5 players in the series.
Rituraj Gaikwad, 25, hit seven sixes in an over against UP in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match in November last year. He is the only batsman in the world to do so in List-A cricket. He did this feat in the over of left arm spinner Shiv Singh. He scored 660 runs in the tournament at an average of 220 and scored 4 centuries. He has so far scored 15 centuries and 16 half-centuries in 71 innings of List-A cricket. Means scored more than 50 runs 31 times. 220 not out is the best score.
Landed in 7 T20s last year
Rituraj Gaikwad got a chance to play in 7 T20 matches for Team India last year. Although he could score only one half-century. He has so far scored 135 runs in 9 T20 Internationals with the help of a half-century. 57 runs is the best score. If we look at his overall T20 career, he has scored 2836 runs in 90 matches at an average of 35. Has hit 3 centuries and 20 half-centuries. 114 runs is the best score. He will be seen playing for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2023.
Gill’s eye on T20 team
Shubman Gill has confirmed his place in India’s ODI and Test team on the basis of good performance. Now they would like to do well in T20 as well. Gill has scored one century, 4 half-centuries in 13 Tests while one century, 4 half-centuries in 15 ODIs. He is yet to make his debut in T20 International. This 23-year-old batsman has scored 2577 runs in 95 T20 matches. Has scored a century and 17 half-centuries. 126 runs is the best score.
Eyes on the debut of 3 players
3 players can make international debut from T20 series. This includes Rahul Tripathi, fast bowler Shivam Mavi and Mukesh Kumar. Rahul Tripathi has so far scored 2801 runs in 125 T20 matches. Has hit 17 half-centuries. He has been doing consistently well in the IPL. At the same time, 24-year-old Shivam Mavi has taken 46 wickets in 46 T20 matches. 4 wickets for 14 runs is the best performance. Pandya-led Gujarat Titans bought Mavi for Rs 6 crore in the IPL auction recently. He has also played with KKR.
At the same time, left arm fast bowler Mukesh Kumar is also second to none. He has taken 25 wickets in overall 23 T20 matches so far. 3 wickets for 12 runs is the best performance. A lot of money was showered on the 29-year-old bowler in the IPL 2023 auction. Delhi Capitals have included him in their team for Rs 5.5 crore.
Indian team for T20 series
Hardik Pandya (Captain), Suryakumar Yadav (Vice-Captain), Akshar Patel, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rituraj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Shivam Mavi.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 01, 2023, 07:09 IST