India-Sri Lanka T20 series will start from January 3
Who will start the innings in the absence of Rohit-Rahul?
new Delhi. Forgetting the failure in last year’s T20 World Cup, Team India would like to start the new year with a win. The competition is with Sri Lanka. The series of 3 T20 will start between the two countries from 3 January. This series is important from the point of view of Team India. Because veteran players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul are not part of the team. In his place, the selectors have given a chance to the youth in view of the future. This is also the first step towards preparing a new T20 team in a way. In such a situation, it will not be easy for Hardik Pandya and Rahul Dravid, who are handling the responsibility of captaincy in place of Rohit, to select the right players for the playing-XI in the absence of these veterans.
In choosing the team for the first T20 against Sri Lanka, the biggest problem for Team India will come with the top order. In the absence of Rohit-Virat and KL Rahul, who will open and which batsman will play at number-3? Pandya and coach Dravid will have to find the answer. Well, India has plenty of options. But these headaches are also increasing. Rohit and Rahul open in T20. In the absence of either of these two, Ishaan Kishan plays as a backup opener. So looking at this, Ishaan’s claim for the opening slot is strong.
Who will be Ishaan’s opening partner?
Ishan is also a left-handed batsman, so this thing also goes in his favor. At the same time, this wicket-keeper batter recently hit the fastest double century in ODIs on the tour of Bangladesh. So looking at that performance and form it is difficult to ignore Ishaan. After this, Ishaan has also scored runs in Ranji Trophy. That is, in the T20 series against Sri Lanka, Ishaan can be given a chance to open. Now who will be Ishaan’s opening partner? It won’t be easy to choose. Because there are many options. Apart from Rituraj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi can also open.
Who will get a chance, Rituraj or Gill?
By the way, Rituraj got a lot of opportunities in T20 last year. But he could not leave a mark while opening. He opened in 6 T20s last year. But, could score only one half-century. In such a situation, Pandya would hardly bet on him. Now Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi are left. Both of them are waiting for T20 debut. Apart from this, Suryakumar Yadav and Sanju Samson are also there. But, they are hardly tried in the opening slot. Because in the absence of Virat, batsmen like Surya and Samson are needed in the middle order. So looking at Gill’s performance in ODIs, he can be given a chance. In such a situation, Rahul may have to wait for his debut.
suryakumar can bat at number 3
Suryakumar Yadav, who batted explosively in T20 last year, will bat at number three. He is also the vice-captain of the team. At the same time, Sanju Samson can be given a chance at number four. He bats at this number for Rajasthan Royals. Hardik Pandya can play the role of finisher. After the return of Washington Sundar, it is not easy for Deepak Hooda to make a place in the playing XI. Akshar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal can play as two spinners. On the other hand, if India lands with 3 fast bowlers, then Umran Malik can be a part of the team along with Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 01, 2023, 21:18 IST