On Tuesday, India will play New Zealand in the third and final one-day international match at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.
After taking the first two games of the series by decisive scores of 12 runs and 8 wickets, respectively, the home team currently holds a commanding 2-0 lead that cannot be overtaken in the series.
Since India has already won the series, they might be tempted to switch up their starting XI in order to give some players who have been sitting on the bench a chance to play.
Whether or not India decides to include Umran Malik and Yuzvendra Chahal in their XI lineup would be a very intriguing development to watch.
Our best guesses for India’s playing XI for the third One-Day International match against New Zealand are as follows:
The Team’s Captain, Rohit Sharma (c), In recent at-bats, Rohit Sharma has shown some promise with the bat. In the first game, he scored 34 points, and in the second game, he struck a dominant 51.
On the other hand, the captain will be working hard to get a score in the triple digits in the third match.
Shubman Gill: Opener Shubman Gill has been in good form, having produced a remarkable double hundred in the first ODI and then following that up with a 40-run effort in the second ODI, which saw a low number of runs scored.
Mitchell Santner has been successful in getting Virat Kohli out of the game on multiple occasions, which has brought to light the right-handed batter’s struggle to score runs when facing left-arm spin.
In spite of scoring three hundreds across four innings, the ex-captain was removed for a low score in both one-day internationals played against New Zealand.
The World Cup is only a few months away, so Kohli will likely be eager to make some much-needed course corrections.
Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper): The southpaw has had limited opportunities in the series so far and has failed to impress in those games. He has only received limited opportunities in the series so far.
Kishan, on the other hand, becomes an important member of Team India’s ODI World Cup plans now that Rishabh Pant is unable to compete as a result of an injury.
Suryakumar Yadav: In Shreyas Iyer’s absence, it was anticipated that Suryakumar would step up and provide some firepower at the back end.
However, the best T20 batter was unable to accomplish that goal in the first game of the series. In the second game, he was not given the opportunity to bat at all.
Hardik Pandya, an all-rounder who bats right-handed, has not impressed with his batting performance as of late. He performed poorly in the match against Sri Lanka and has not yet done anything remarkable in the series against New Zealand.
The all-rounder, Washington Sundar, has been successful in taking two wickets throughout two games. In the first game, the off-spinner bowled at an economy rate of over seven, which was a touch costly for the team, but in the second game, he bowled exceptionally well and made a strong impression with his performance.
Shardul Thakur, an all-rounder who bowls right-handed fast and can also bat, has turned in a respectable performance with the ball in hand. In this series, he has not yet made an impression with the bat in any of the games.
Yuzvendra Chahal, the leg-spinner, does not stand a chance in the present one-day international series against New Zealand, which consists of three matches. It is possible that India would decide to give Kuldeep Yadav some time off before the third game so that they can use the leggie more.
Mohammed Shami, a senior pace bowler, had a respectable outing with the ball in the first one-day international, but in the second one, he was India’s most effective bowler overall.
Since Shami is one of the more experienced bowlers on the team, he continues to fulfil his role as a leader for the younger pacers.
Umran Malik: India may want to give Umran an opportunity against New Zealand, and Mohammed Siraj may be rested to vacate the slot for the out-and-out fast bowler.